NMS and NHS 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 families, school staff, local law enforcement, mental health & wellness professionals and elected officials to take meaningful action to protect our students.
Northeastern School District recently joined school districts throughout Pennsylvania in the launch of the “Safe2Say Something” (S2SS) anonymous tip reporting system. This program, which is mandated under PA state law / Act 44, teaches students, teachers, and administrators to recognize warning signs and signals, especially within social media, of individuals who may be a threat to themselves or others and Say Something to a trusted adult OR use its 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
Respond to and manage the submitted tip via a school-based multi-disciplinary team
The S2SS program is being provided through Sandy Hook Promise (SHP), a nationwide non-profit organization. SHP’s programs are in 50 states – with 10,000+ schools and over 5.5 million students and adults trained. They have worked effectively with kids, parents, and teachers to improve school safety and culture. The program is age-appropriate and research-based. They also have funding to provide and sustain the program at NO COST to our school.
There are three ways to utilize S2SS to report a school-safety concern:
Go to safe2saypa.org
Click “Submit an anonymous tip online”
Scroll to bottom and fill in the information requested
Click “Submit” and follow the prompts
Please Note: This reporting platform is not intended to be, or serve as, an emergency hotline or email for situations of imminent danger. If you need immediate assistance and/or are reporting an emergency or event that could immediately affect the safety of a student or the school community, please dial 911.
Once a report is received by the Office of the Attorney General, it is reviewed by a crisis center analyst, triaged, and categorized as either life safety or non-life safety. “Life Safety” reports will be sent to 911 and school officials via text, email, and/or phone call 24/7.
Our students will be receiving additional information and training related to the S2SS system this week at school. Students are often aware of the problems their peers are facing, and S2SS gives them one more tool to help keep each other safe. If you have questions related to the S2SS program, please do not hesitate to call or email your student’s principal. Thank you for your continued support of our efforts to provide a safe and secure school environment for our students.
Dr. Stacey Sidle