Protecting the physical security and supporting the emotional well being of students in schools has become a national imperative. Successfully addressing these issues requires an interdisciplinary and evidence-based dialogue founded in the needs of students, and must include better school design.

Every decision—from daylighting  to acoustics—can help or hinder how safe and secure students, teachers, and staff feel in their school environment. School buildings are a necessary intervention point for districts, architects, builders, and product providers to address interrelated goals of improved security, health and wellbeing, comfort, and overall student performance.

Join the Collaborative for High Performance Schools and Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District on October 28, 2022, for a Symposium on Safe and Secure Schools in Cypress, Texas. There, leading experts from school districts, public safety, mental health, and school design, construction, and operations will highlight ways safe and comfortable school environments positively impact the health, wellbeing, and academic achievement of students.

In addition, they will offer tools and strategies to design schools that perform better—while highlighting ways districts and designers can improve collaboration to advance these critical outcomes.  

UPDATE: This is an in-person event that will also be offered virtually via livestream (see below).

Event Details
Friday, October 28, 2022
8:30 am - 4:45 pm

Richard E. Berry Center
Cypress Fairbanks ISD
8877 Barker Cypress Rd.
Cypress, TX 77433

Registration fees
  • CHPS Members - $225
  • Non CHPS Members - $350
  • Non CHPS Member Schools and Nonprofits - $300
  • Virtual option - $199

Sessions, Speakers

8-8:30: Checkin/Registration/Hot Breakfast

8:30-9 Welcome and Introductions 
Craig Schiller
, CHPS Executive Director
Roy Sprague, COO Cypress Fairbanks ISD
CyFair presentations: Click here

9-10 Keynote: Student Health and Wellbeing
Dr. Kayce Solari Williams
 (Board President, American School Health Association)

10-10:15 Break

10:15-11:15 Session 1: Design for Safe and Healthy Children
Patrick Davis
 (Perkins Eastman)
Presentation slides: Click here

11:15-11:45 Lunch

11:45-1 Keynote: Biophilia and Safe Schools
Bill Browning
(Terrapin, Bright Green)
Jim Determan (Craig Gaulden Davis)
Presentation slides: Click here

1-1:15 Break

1:15-2:45 Session 2: Aligning Operations and Design Panel
Moderated by Ian Powell (PBK)

2:45-3 Break

3-4 Session 3: Best Practices in High Performance Security Design as evidenced in CFISD 
Andy Simpson and Laura Carroll (IBI Group)
Presentation slides: Click here

4-5 Closing remarks/Q&A/Networking

(NOTE: Sessions, speakers subject to change.)

Times, course descriptions: CLICK HERE


Virtual option

For those who are interested in this critical topic but are unable to attend in person, we're offering a virtual attendance option through Healthy Indoors, a multimedia company specializing in timely resources on  indoor environmental, building performance and sustainability topics. Registrants will have access to a livestream of the event, as well as recordings for 90 days after the event. Registration fee is $199 and includes a free full-year PRO Level membership on the Healthy Indoors Online Global Community.



This event would not be possible without the support of our generous sponsors, so thank you to PBK, IBI Group, Tarkett, Perkins Eastman, VLK Architects, Pfluger Architects, Salas O'BrienTXU energy, Gilbane, Joiner ArchitectsUnifyGPD Group, Terracon , BRW Architects, Kirksey Architects, and especially IN2 Architecture for stepping up. Sponsors benefit through exposure to our vast and growing network of districts and professionals dedicated to high performance schools. 



Special thanks also go out to our partners for their efforts to support this event.