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Safe2Say Letter

Dear Tulpehocken Families:

As a school system, we are committed to creating and sustaining a comprehensive, coordinated effort to improve the overall safety and well-being of our students, educators and administrators. To do this, we believe this must involve community-wide programs and initiatives involving parents, teachers, administrators, local law enforcement, mental health & wellness professionals and elected officials to take meaningful action to protect our students.

We would like to take this opportunity to announce the launch of the Safe2Say Something (S2SS) anonymous reporting system. This program, which is mandated under PA state law/Act 44, teaches students, teachers, and administrators how to recognize warning signs and signals, especially within social media, of individuals who may be a threat to themselves or others and encourage them to say something to a trusted adult or use the anonymous reporting system. Specifically, the program educates participants to:

=       Recognize the signs and signals of at-risk behaviors- especially within social media

=       Take every sign and signal seriously; act quickly to get help by talking to a trusted adult OR

=       Report it anonymously through the S2SS Office of the Attorney General 24/7 Crisis Center, mobile app, or website

Our students often are aware of the problems their peers are facing, so we must empower them to know the danger signs and give them the tools to help each other with the assistance of trained and caring adults. As you know, most conversations are taking place on social media; therefore, it is critical that we teach our students to be looking out for one another as these digital conversations are taking place. S2SS teaches them what to look for in text, video and photos while empowering them to act quickly to help a fellow student.

In the upcoming month, students in grades 7-12 will complete a one-hour training session instructing how to use S2SS. While the program is available for use by any student, the state encourages training not be done with elementary aged students. We anticipate that S2SS will help stop school shootings, suicides, and gun threats; it will help reduce bullying and cyberbullying; help intervene upon cutting, drug use, racial conflicts, and other violent and victimization acts.

If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call your student's principal.

 

 

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