School Security in Focus

June 11, 2024
Explore the cutting-edge advancements in school safety technology, from state-of-the-art locking systems to integrated electronic access controls, shaping a secure environment for educators and students nationwide.

June 11, 2024
1:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM CT / 10:00 AM PT / 6:00 PM GMT
Duration: 1 hour
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An increased national focus on improving school safety and security has brought about some advances and innovations within locking and electronic access control systems, as manufacturers work closely with security and school professionals to provide the types of solutions they need, and that empower and bring peace of mind to teachers and students.  
Areas of focus include: 

  • The latest recommendations for school and classroom doors and locks. 
  • A look at the role of electronic access control in school security. 
  • The push to unify all life safety systems and technology. 
  • A look at both k-12 and colleges and university settings. 


Rick Fox 
Life Safety and Access Control Manager 
Colorado Mesa University

Rick Fox is the leader of the work group who support the electrical, life safety and security systems on all of CMU's campuses. Rick is on the go most of the time. His team maintains all door hardware, locks, keys, elevators, fire safety systems, life safety systems, generators, emergency systems, campus electric distribution systems, alarms and security cameras on campus. 
Prior to coming to CMU in 2006, Rick worked as the Sports Coordinator for the city of Delta. He has been in the safety and security industry for more than thirty years. 

Guy Grace
Chair, Partner Alliance for Safer Schools (PASS), National K-12 Director

Guy Grace is currently serving as the chair for the Advisory Council for Partner Alliance for Safer Schools (PASS) and has served as the director of Security and Emergency Planning for Littleton Public Schools in Denver, Colorado, for over 30 years. His outstanding contributions earned him the 2020 Campus Safety Director of the Year award, and he has received numerous other national and security industry accolades, including from the Association of School Business Officials International, Security Technology Executive magazine, Security magazine, American Red Cross, Security Industry Association (SIA), and NSCA. 
Guy Grace currently serves as the K-12 National Security Program Manager for ASSA ABLOY. Grace is a regular speaker at school safety conferences and a commentator for various trade magazines and media outlets. He possesses hands-on experience in school safety technology and processes and emergency response, providing valuable insights on deploying life safety technology in K-12 schools. 

Christopher Donohue
Eastern Director of Sales 
Alarm Lock Division of NAPCO 

Chris Donohue has over 25 years in the electronic security industry, starting his career fresh out of the Army as a technician, he worked on Access Control, Fire, CCTV, and Security Systems. In the early 2000's, he moved to the manufacturing side of the industry, and has held the positions of Tech Support Manager, Trainer, Field Sales Engineer & Regional Sales Manager, before being promoted to his current position.  
Today, Chris is a Director of Sales for NAPCO’s Alarm Lock Division, the respected leader in the design and manufacture of commercial door technology solutions for over four decades, specializing in access and egress solutions for education, healthcare, government, airports, corporations and mixed-use environments, multi-use commercial, retail, transportation & industry.

Alarm Lock is best-known for class-leading, award-winning standalone Trilogy®  & wireless networked Trilogy Networx® electronic keyless access locks, providing access control with PIN-code or built-in HID® Prox, Multi-technology or swipe reader for ID badges, and more recently, integrating real-time access platforms, such as AirAccess® cloud/cell-based ACaaS; E-Access Web-Browser-Based Embedded Access Control Systems plus more traditional, Continental Enterprise Security Management. 

Moderator: Paul Ragusa
Senior Editor
Locksmith Ledger 

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