Dear Parents and Guardians of Southern Lehigh School District Students,
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 community.
The Southern Lehigh School District is pleased to report on the launch of the Safe2Say Something (S2SS) Anonymous Reporting System. This program, which is required under PA state law/Act 44, teaches students and staff 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:
- 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, many 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.
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 a track record, reputation, and knowledge of how to work effectively with students, parents, and teachers to improve school safety and culture. The program is age-appropriate and research-based.
During the coming week, all Southern Lehigh School District students in grades 6-12 will receive training on the Safe2Say Something Anonymous Reporting System. Additional information about the Pennsylvania Safe2Say Something Anonymous Reporting System is featured below for your review.
Kathleen T. Evison, Superintendent
Southern Lehigh School District