At Atlanta Public Schools (APS), the safety and security of our students and staff is our top priority. We each have a role to play in ensuring that our schools continue to be sage and exciting places for our students to learn, and it is incumbent on all of us to be vigilant.
As part of conitnuing to make our schools safe, I am excited to share that APS is implementing the Sandy Hook Promise Say Something Anonymous Reporting System as a way of teaching our middle and high school students, educators, and school administration how to:
- Recognize the signs and signals of at-risk behaviors -especially within social media- of individuals who may be at risk of hurting themselves or others;
- Take every sign and signal seriously;
- Act quickly to get help by talking to a trusted adult; and
- Report a concern anonymously through the Say Something Anonymous Reporting System's 24/7 crisis call center, mobile app, or website.
The Sandy Hook Promise crisis center will triage any tips they receive and communicate that information back to APS and, as needed, to law enforcement to address. This anonymous reporting system provides an opportunity for students who may be afraid to speak out about something of concern to share a tip that could prevent harm from happening to any of our students. Caring for each other is a value we want our students to adopt in both face-to-face interactions and online.
Please note that this initiative does not take the place of or change any existing APS safety and security protocols at our schools. -It enhances our efforts by providing an anonymous way for students to report life safety and non-life safety concerns happening in and around our schools.
Visit the Sandy Hook Promise website or see below for more information.
(Please note that the middle and high school student training window has been updated to the week of January 7-11, 2019.)