Cheltenham School District Adopts “Safe2Say Something” Anonymous Reporting System
The Cheltenham School District has adopted the “Safe2Say Something” (S2SS) anonymous reporting system for grades 7-12. Mandated under thePennsylvania General Assembly’s 2018 Act 44, the program educates students and adults to recognize and report at-risk behavior – especially on social media.
The Say Something Anonymous Reporting System (SSARS) is provided through Sandy Hook Promise (SHP), a nationwide non-profit organization with programs in 50 states, encompassing more than 10,000 schools and 5.5 million trained students and adults. SHP has the track record, reputation and knowledge to work effectively with children, parents and teachers to improve school safety and culture, and is funding to provide and sustain the program at no cost to the district.
Utilizing the S2SS 24/7 Crisis Center hotline (844-saf2say / 844-723-2729), mobile app (Apple Store |Google Play) or websitesafe2sayPA.org, students and adults can report at-risk behavior anonymously. Submitted tips are triaged by certified crisis counselors then emailed, texted and/or called back for action by the school / school district. Many conversations about at-risk behavior occur on social media, making it critical to teach students what to look for in text, video and photos, while empowering them to act quickly to help a fellow student. Students are also taught their first action should be to get help by talking to a trusted adult.
CHS and CBK students and building personnel will be trained on the system by a SHP representative in the near future. The district has introduced the system to high school and middle school parents.
S2SS intends to help stop school shootings, suicides and gun threats; reduce bullying and cyberbullying; and intervene upon cutting, drug use, racial conflicts and other violent and victimization acts.