67th Annual Fall Conference


    We hope you enjoyed the ASBO MD & DC 2018 Fall Conference
    Friday, November 2, 2018

    Our comprehensive theme: "School Safety and Security is Everyone's Business"

    Michele Gay delivered an inspirational and educational message that gave our members useful ideas they could take back to their districts that will be of immediate benefit. Michele inspired every person in the room to be aware of our role and truly supported our conference theme, that "School Safety and Security is Everyone's Business." You can learn more about Michele and her school safety organization, Safe and Sound Schools at www.safeandsoundschools.org

    Phillips Best Practice Award, sponsored by:


    Scott Germain of Garrett County Schools was awarded the Phillips Best Practice Award, presented by Shayla Myers of Johnson Controls. Scott initiated a Summer Food Service Mobile Dining Trailer. This program supplies free meals to students in low income areas for free during the summer. The Summer Food Service Program is an underutilized program of the USDA.  It requires meals similar to those during the regular school year be served either at breakfast, lunch or supper time. To maximize the results while keeping within USDA guidelines, Scott created diner type booths in a mobile trailer to bring more meals to more students, increasing the number of summer meals served from 7,875 to 12,510.


    FOOD AND NUTRITION: “Bioterrorism and Food Safety”

    This presentation describes:
    - The importance of food defense: For the safety and security of students and school employees, schools should implement food defense measures to prevent intentional, as well as unintentional, contamination. There is limited awareness of food defense for schools, and it is important that schools use local planning and communication with their community partners to cut through the complexity.
    · Complexities of the school food chain: There are many complex layers to school foods—where foods come from, how foods get to schools, intervention points, and who has jurisdiction. Food processing, distribution, storage and transport chain is complex and differs across states and the nation.
    · Food defense best practices: Schools should require their suppliers and warehouses to have food defense plans to minimize risk along the entire supply chain. When intentional contamination is suspected, law enforcement, health departments and emergency management agencies need to work with schools as a part of school or school district emergency operations.
    · Where to find free food safety and food defense resources available to schools.
    Room: A111
    Speakers: Beth Brewster, Food Services Coordinator, Caroline County Public Schools; Dr. Regina L. Tan, Director, Office of Food Safety, SNAS, FNS, USDA; and Marianne Elbertson, Senior Food Defense Analyst, USDA-FSIS-ODIFP

    INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY: “Be Proactive: Plan for the Unpredictable”

    This session will demonstrate how the latest Reality Capture technologies are being used for critical safety preparedness initiatives. Visual technologies present a proactive tool to assist in planning for unpredictable situations in public areas. Come see how mapping of 2D imagery combined with 3D immersive visual technology provides an interactive resource that supports safety planning teams.
    Room: A113
    Speaker: Jason Donahoe, Senior Regional Partner, Multivista Mid-Atlantic

    FACILITIES: “Actively Mitigating Damages, Prior to a Threat Entering the Building”

    Throughout our nation, there have been increasing reports of tragic events in schools and public buildings. Secured vestibules, cameras, security cards, etc., while necessary, are no longer the only focus to avoiding these threats. Therefore, methods for improving security needs to include everyone vested in student safety. Being prepared is the first key to mitigating damages during catastrophes—it may help to save your life and others!
    Please join our dynamic panel of experts as they discuss best practices, including Crime Prevention Thru Environmental Design and others, for improving safety and security from the exterior of the facility, prior to a threat entering the building.
    Room: A300
    Speakers: Maryland State Fire Marshall’s Office; Maryland Center for Public School Safety; Annapolis First Responders; Baltimore County Public Schools; Fairfax County Public Schools; and Crabtree, Rohrbaugh Architects.

    SAFETY AND SECURITY: "Active Shooter Training - Avoid | Deny | Defend™"

    Over the years we’ve seen response times shorten and the capabilities of law enforcement increase. As a result of increased public awareness, many citizens have asked what individuals can do to protect themselves and reduce the dangers faced during one of these events. Avoid | Deny |Defend™ has been developed as an easy to remember method for individuals to follow. As we’ve seen, hiding and hoping isn’t a very effective strategy.

    Rm: Bridgeroom (hall behind break area)
    Speaker: Scott Blundell, Supervisor of Security and Emergency Management, Frederick County Public Schools

    FACILITIES AND HUMAN RESOURCES: "Understanding Cybersecurity Best Practices for Facility Control Systems and Data Management"

    Every day there are new reports of cybersecurity threats, often resulting in data theft and ransomware attacks that cost millions. The common conduit for these attacks: a building's control system. It's no longer a question of if your facility's control system will have a cybersecurity attack, but when. With the building automation system market following ASHRAE's Standard 135 for BACnet open protocol, what can be done to help reduce the risk of attack?
    This PD session will address the steps necessary to protect a control system from both customer design and specification perspectives. Learn how a risk-based approach to cybersecurity can effectively manage and minimize cyber vulnerability.
    Room: A302
    Speakers: Tyler Haak, US Northeast Business Development Manager, Schneider Electric, and Bryan Buckner, Regional Partner Expert, Schneider Electric
    (CEU offered in this presentation)

    TRANSPORTATION: “School Bus Threats”

    This session will evaluate the potential threats on or around the school bus that drivers and students may face on any given day. Participants will discuss how to mediate those potential threats to maintain the safety of all parties involved.
    Room: A303
    Speakers: Desmond Hughes, Director of Transportation Services, Wicomico County Public Schools

    HUMAN RESOURCES/SAFETY CROSSOVER: “Building a Complete Safety Program to Reduce Risk. Developing and Managing a School (District) Safety Preparedness Strategy”

    In this session, we will explore pragmatic ideas you can utilize in making your schools safe in relation to prevention, preparedness, response and recovery. We will focus on prevention and preparedness ideas as those will determine how effective your response is to a crisis. While we will touch on prevention and preparedness initiatives related to compliance, safety and social and emotional areas, the primary focus will be on active assailant events as we explore potential drivers as well as preventing and preparing for the events themselves.
    Room: A304
    Speakers: Milton Nagel, CPA, RSBA, Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services, Caroline County Public Schools; and Tom Strasburger, Vice President, PublicSchoolWORKS


    When an emergency hits, it’s a scramble to pull resources together to address the need for immediate response. Should this emergency be eligible for MEMA reimbursement? It is also important to ensure that you are poised to properly and successfully apply for that reimbursement. Are you safe and fiscally protected?
    Room: A306
    Speakers: Sara Bender, Public Assistance Officer, Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA)

    LEADERSHIP: "Emergency Contracts; Do you Have Them and Why you Need Them”

    The State of Maryland, Department of General Services, works closely with emergency responders and MEMA to ensure that requirements for commodities and services are structured so that emergency needs are addressed and are reimbursement eligible.
    Room: A307
    Speakers: Jennifer R. Gray, Director of Emergency Management, State of Maryland, Department of General Services; Lisa McDonald, CPPB, Program Manager, Commodity Procurement Units, State of Maryland Department of General Services; and Danny Mays, CPPO, CPPB, CPSM, Program Manager, Office of Procurement & Logistics, State of Maryland, Department of General Services