Dear Allegheny Valley Families:
I am happy to announce the Allegheny Valley School District’s partnership with the “Safe2Say Something” (S2SS) anonymous reporting system. This program, which is mandated under PA state law/Act 44 and is being facilitated by the Office of the Attorney General of Pennsylvania, 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 Say Something to a trusted adult OR use its anonymous reporting system.
Specifically, the program educates participants to:
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, many discussions take place on social media, therefore it is critical that we teach our students to looking out for one another as these digital conversations take place. S2SS teaches them what to look for in text, video, and photos, while empowering them to act quickly to help a fellow student. We will begin to train students in grades 5-12 in the coming weeks on how to use the Safe2Say Something reporting system.We will also be providing information to staff and parents.
The S2SS program is being provided through Sandy Hook Promise (SHP), a nation-wide 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 a track record, reputation, and knowledge of how to work effectively with kids, parents, and teachers to improve school safety and culture. The program is age-appropriate and research-based.
We anticipate that S2SS will help: prevent school shootings, suicides, and gun threats; reduce bullying and cyberbullying; and intervene on cutting, drug use, racial conflicts, and other violent and victimization acts. In addition, should a life threatening and immediate crisis take place, we encourage you to call 9-1-1 as well as utilizing the S2SS system.
By accessing the Allegheny Valley School District web page and clicking on the Safe2Say icon, students and families can learn additional information about this program.
If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call or email me directly.
Patrick M. Graczyk, Ed.D.
Superintendent of schools
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