Get To Know Your School Security Toolbox: Empowering Districts with Technology

Learn about the latest technology advances that will have the greatest impact on school security and how staff can effectively use these solutions.

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Today’s school safety and security challenges are multifaceted and complex. No single action will, by itself, make our K-12 campuses safe. Protecting students and staff is a tremendous moral and legal responsibility that requires a comprehensive approach to these challenges.  

Schools have increasingly come to rely heavily on security technology to help keep schools safe. For many years, we have seen monumental technology applications address the architectural, communication, access control, video surveillance, and detection/alarm components for schools. K-12 campuses are now even adopting new emerging/enhanced technologies that have the potential to revolutionize school safety. 

However, with these great tools come the challenges of ensuring they are used properly and to their potential by ensuring that they enhance district policies and human roles/processes. 

In this presentation, attendees will learn about the five physical layers of K-12 security and how school stakeholders can be empowered to use this technology effectively and efficiently.

Attendees will also learn:

  • The emerging/enhanced technologies that have demonstrated or have the potential to make significant improvements to school safety. This product-agnostic presentation will also discuss how school staff can utilize these solutions to their greatest potential.
  • How to empower K-12 stakeholders to leverage security technology for current and future school safety challenges.
  • How to empower students, staff, and the community to use security technology to enhance the learning environment. This will include tips on how to train them and utilize the benefits of a safe and secure environment.


Guy Grace
Guy Grace
K-12 National Security Program Manager, ASSA ABLOY Door Security Solutions

Guy has worked in the security field for 38 years, serving for more than three decades as the director of security and emergency planning for Littleton Public Schools. He was recognized as 2020 K-12 Campus Safety Director of the Year for his work at Littleton Public Schools. Guy is also the recipient of many other national and security industry awards and recognitions.

He also serves as the Chairman of the Advisory Committee for Partner Alliance for Safer Schools, on the School Safety Advisory board for the National Sheriffs Association, and as advisor for

Mike Newton
Mike Newton
SLED Account Executive, Convergint

Mike Newton currently works with Convergint as a SLED Account Executive focused on the K-12 vertical in Colorado. Before that, he was the director of safety and security for the Elizabeth School District in Elizabeth, Colorado. Newton was responsible for all physical security, emergency management, threat assessment, emergency communication, and continuity of operations for the district. During his tenure at Elizabeth SD, he was also received the K-12 Director of the Year Award from Campus Safety. Prior to working in Elizabeth, Newton was the director of security and emergency planning and assistant director of security and emergency planning for Littleton Public Schools.

Before transitioning into school safety and security, Newton served in the U.S. Air Force as a security forces member and then the Colorado Air National Guard. He is currently a senior non-commissioned officer assigned as the operations superintendent for a security forces unit out of the Greeley Air National Guard Station.

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