Rural Safety: It CAN Happen to Us

Session Overview

Safety is always on the mind of every school administrator.  There’s literally no school or district leader that can ignore the urgency for taking steps to assure the safety of students and staff at all times.  Safety is particularly challenging for rural schools where an open culture has been traditional and important.  As Frank DeAngelis reminded us at this year’s KASA Leadership Institute, "If you think you are in a community where this isn't going to happen, you are deceiving yourself. You need to look at the history of these incidents, Columbine, Sandy Hook, Heath — they are all communities that typify middle-class America.  They are proof that it can happen anywhere — and it can happen on any given day."  


During this engaging session, Dr. Webb will:

  • discuss the importance of creating strong alliances with local law enforcement and mental health agencies to prevent a crisis rather than simply responding
  • look at facility designs with a 21st century purpose with the premise of stopping bullets, preventing unauthorized entry and having trained authorities on site to counter a possible attack
  • cover best practices for working with parents to combat school safety threats. The world we live in now demands we give up the phrase, “it would never happen here” – the truth is – it has and it will.

Presenter Info:

Dr. Steve Webb serves as a law enforcement officer and as a member of the child death review team for the southernmost counties of Illinois. Unfortunately, he sees more disturbing societal aberrations than the normal school administrator. Through his various roles, he has reviewed autopsies of horrific crime scenes and executed search warrants on murderers – all of this within a short distance of the Goreville Public School District.

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Date and Location
September 15
KASA Office, Frankfort

8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. ET


Six-hours EILA credit available

Cancellation & Substitution Policy

Written cancellations submitted via email, fax or USPS mail will be accepted up to 14 business days prior to the event and a refund or invoice credit issued minus a $29 processing fee. After that time, you may send a substitute to attend in your place as refunds are not available for cancellations or no shows within this time period. Session materials will be shared with those who must cancel and who do not receive a refund.