Beginning on Monday, January 14, 2019, every school in Pennsylvania will begin using the Safe2Say Something Anonymous Reporting System.
The Safe2Say Something Anonymous Reporting System allows individuals to submit secure and anonymous safety concerns to help identify and intervene when unsafe and/or harmful behaviors take place. The tips can be submitted via the app, online, or a dedicated hotline, and each tip is reviewed by the Safe2Say Something call center housed in the Office of the Attorney General. The call center will process and refer tips to the appropriate school teams and law enforcement according to the level of threat.
Safe2Say Something was made possible with help from Sandy Hook Promise, a national nonprofit organization in Newtown, Connecticut that was formed after the December 2012 school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The Safe2Say Something system will be overseen and operated by the Office of the Attorney General, with the expertise and guidance of Sandy Hook Promise.
This partnership is the first of its kind where Sandy Hook Promise is providing its expertise from its proven Anonymous Reporting System at a state-wide level. While Sandy Hook Promise is partnering with school districts across the country to bring this life-saving program to individual school districts, Pennsylvania represents the first time this will be done for all districts across the entire state, showing a strong commitment to empowering students to report their concerns and intervene before a crisis occurs. We know that our students are often aware of the difficulties their peers are facing; the Safe2Say Something program is another way to empower students to help each other with the assistance of trained and caring adults.
When a tip is received by the call center, trained individuals will process the information and relay this information to the appropriate authorities. Each school in the state has established a Safe2Say Something team that is responsible for receiving notifications from the call center 24/7.
In addition, Sandy Hook Promise has developed training resources for schools. These resources will be used by the Hampton administration to train students on how to recognize at-risk behaviors and how to take action to help someone else by submitting an anonymous tip. The training is only being provided to students in grades 6-12; therefore, only students and staff at our middle and high schools will receive the training. The high school and middle school will be training the students and staff in the next few weeks and will be sending out additional information to our parents and guardians at that time.
The Safe2Say Something program is one more tool at our disposal in keeping our students, staff and schools safe.