Safe2Say Something Program at The Pathway School
In 2018, the General Assembly passed Act 44 mandating the establishment and use of the “Safe2Say Something” (S2SS) anonymous reporting system in every Pennsylvania school entity by January 14, 2019.
The Pathway School is 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 that there should be collaboration between community-wide programs and initiatives involving parents, teachers, administrators, local law enforcement, and mental health & wellness professionals to take meaningful action to protect our students.
One mechanism that will support our students is the Safe2Say Something (S2SS) anonymous reporting system. This program teaches students, teachers, and administrators how to recognize the warning signs and signals and report threats via 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
- Respond to and manage the submitted tip via a school-based threat assessment teams comprised of educators and administrators
S2SS is a life-saving and changing school safety program that teaches students, educators, and administrators how: (1) to recognize the signs and signals of individuals who may be at risk of hurting themselves or others and (2) to anonymously report this information through the S2SS app, website, or 24/7 Crisis Center Hotline. The following provides an overview of how the program works and will be implemented in schools:
Safe2Say Something works through 5 easy steps:
- A tip is submitted via mobile app, website, or by calling the PA based 24/7 Crisis Center
- The tip is then triaged by the Crisis Center to gather enough information to act on it
- The tip is delivered to the impacted school and, as needed, local law enforcement via 911 County Dispatch
- The school and, as needed, local law enforcement assess and intervene with the at-risk individual
- The school then closes out the tip and reports actions taken as a record for their school
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