S2SS is a life-saving and life-changing school safety program that teaches students, educators, parents and community members how to anonymously report this information through the S2SS app, website, or 24/7 Crisis Center Hotline.
Dear Spring-Ford Families:
As a school system, we are committed to creating and sustaining a comprehensive, coordinated effort to maintain the overall safety and well-being of our entire school community. To do this, we believe this must involve proven programs and initiatives involving parents, teachers, administrators, local law enforcement and mental health/wellness professionals to take meaningful action to protect our students.
I am happy to join school districts across the state as we introduce of the “Safe2Say Something” (S2SS) anonymous reporting system. This program, which is mandated under Pennsylvania State Law Act 44, teaches students, teachers, and administrators how to recognize warning signs and signals 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
• Report it anonymously through the S2SS mobile app or website
What is S2SS: S2SS is a life-saving and life-changing school safety program that teaches students, educators, parents and community members how to anonymously report this information through the S2SS app, website, or 24/7 Crisis Center Hotline.
History: The Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General (OAG) has partnered with Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) to roll out the S2SS program. SHP is a national non-profit organization committed to creating safe schools and communities through their four evidenced-based Know the Signs intervention programs. To date, SHP has delivered its programs to 10,000+ schools and trained 5+ million youth and adults in every state preventing countless suicide, school shooting and firearm threats, incidents of bullying, drug use and other acts of violence and victimization interventions. The program is age-appropriate and research-based. They also have funding to provide and sustain the program at NO COST to our district and all districts statewide.
Spring-Ford Rollout: Here at Spring-Ford, all students in grades 5 through 12, along with faculty and staff, will participate in S2SS training in late February or early March. This training will help identify the signs and signals of individuals who may be at risk of hurting themselves or others, along with how to use the S2SS anonymous reporting system to submit tips of the signs and signals they observe. An assembly program will be used to train the students and introduce them the S2SS program, website and phone app. In addition, RAM Watch will continue to be an option for our Spring-Ford students.
S2SS works through 5 easy steps:
A “tipster” submits a tip via mobile app, website or by calling the PA based 24/7 Crisis Center
The tip is then triaged by the OAG Crisis Center. OAG Crisis Center analysts are trained to receive and triage tips to: ensure there is enough information to act upon, conduct 2-way anonymous dialog with tipsters to gather missing information, categorize the tip into life-safety or non-life safety for ease of prioritization by recipients, and deliver the tip to Spring-Ford’s Response Team and, where needed, its local law enforcement via 911 County Dispatch.
When the tip is delivered, Spring-Ford’s Response Team will notify the impacted school and, as needed, local law enforcement via 911 County Dispatch. To ensure the success of the program, each Pennsylvania district, charter school, cyber charter school, private school, nonpublic school, intermediary unit, and/or area vocational-technical school must have an assigned S2SS Response Team who will have the responsibility to receive and act upon tips.
Spring-Ford’s Response Team will continue to work directly with the appropriate school and, as needed, local law enforcement to assess and intervene with the at-risk individual.
Spring-Ford’s Response Team then closes out the tip and reports actions taken as a record for their school.
The S2SS app, website and phone system will “open” on January 14, 2019. Spring-Ford’s Response Team has completed the required trainings and has completed statewide testing to ensure all are ready to go LIVE. While our student training will take place in the coming months, the Response Team may receive tips through the app or website prior to training.
Thank you for your partnership in keeping our schools safe.
Dr. David Goodin
Spring-Ford Area School District Superintendent
- School Safety