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The Briefings, A National School Safety Symposium

Join us in San Mateo, CA on September 5-6, 2024 for The Briefings, A National School Safety Symposium! When we set out to bring the Briefings to new parts of the country, something really cool happened. Our partners and supporters have stepped up, offering their venues for our event. Thanks to our Mission Partner, Verkada, we have access to their top-notch training facility in September. Get ready for an enriching and informative experience at our upcoming Briefings Symposium right in the heart of the Bay Area!

The Briefings is not just a conference, it is an amazing opportunity to meet and connect with individuals who work in schools, districts, departments, agencies, and organizations across the country. You will leave the Briefings with actionable insights and takeaways from The “I Love U Guys” Foundation speakers, and new, strong connections to help accomplish them.

We will cover timely topics like preparing for a crisis, lessons learned from prior incidents, recovery in the aftermath of a crisis, as well as training on the Standard Response Protocol and Standard Reunification Method.

This isn't just a symposium; it's a "must-have" two days of immersive learning that promises to empower, inspire, and equip you for the challenges ahead. We hope to see you there, secure your spot now!

This is one of the best trainings I have attended in a long time. It is evident that a lot of time and consideration was put into the training. Thank you for your strength, wisdom, courage, honesty and passion.
Felicia Starks,
Chief Safety Officer, Oak Park School District 97

The Sessions

This 2-day symposium fosters an environment for knowledge-sharing, relationship building, hands-on training and countless actionable insights that you can put to use as soon as you leave.

Day 1 highlights timely and fresh presentations and discussions from our Foundation Speakers, and Day 2 will feature our Full-Day SRP/SRM Train the Trainer Workshop.

Platte Canyon Debrief

This presentation explores the interactions during the Platte Canyon High School events between a negotiator, Stacy Avila, and a 16 year old girl being held hostage. It’s a powerful affirmation of a negotiator and a victim’s father, John-Michael Keyes, sharing their experiences on that day and the positive outcomes and protocols that are impacting schools across the globe as a result of tragedy.

Anticipating The Unthinkable

Carly Posey tells her story of what happened inside Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. She shares what went wrong and right on that day and the years to follow. Carly shares her perspective on the events, how a school community can be proactive and be prepared for the unthinkable, and she gives real solutions on school safety and recovery in the aftermath of a crisis.

SRP/SRM Implementation with Exceptional Populations

"The environment dictates the tactics"

Learn how an educational service agency is implementing SRP/SRM in challenging academic environments, holding to the standards of The “I Love U Guys” Foundation.

Full-Day SRP/SRM Train the Trainer Workshop

The Full-Day Workshop introduces the history, concepts and functionality of the Standard Response Protocol (SRP) and the Standard Reunification Method (SRM), including implementation of the programs, team training, advanced questions, and plenty of opportunities for networking with your peers. Participants will come away from this workshop able to train others within their organization on the SRP and the SRM.

The Speakers

Learn from people who have been there. Our speakers share experiences and lessons learned in a way that will inspire you to take action and prepare for the unthinkable. They share their stories with a blend of emotion and tangible paths forward that illustrate the importance of planning and preparing.


John-Michael Keyes
Co-Founder & Special Projects

The “I Love U Guys” Foundation


Stacy Avila
SWAT Negotiator (Retired)

Arvada Police Department / Jeffco Regional


Carly Posey
Mission Director

The “I Love U Guys” Foundation


Dustin Vincent
District Safety Coordinator

Northeast Metro 916 Intermediate School District

Lodging Recommendations

There are several hotels in the heart of San Mateo, CA near the Briefings venue. Below is a list of recommended lodging options in order of proximity to Verkada HQ.

Crown Plaza

3.9 miles from Verkada HQ

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Hyatt Regency

4.1 miles from Verkada HQ

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4.4 miles from Verkada HQ

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Embassy Suites

4.6 miles from Verkada HQ

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Grand Bay Hotel

5.6 miles from Verkada HQ

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5.9 miles from Verkada HQ

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Hyatt Place

6.2 miles from Verkada HQ

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Residence Inn

6.4 miles from Verkada HQ

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