Dear ELCO Families:
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 students, educators and administrators. To do this, we believe this must involve community-wide programs and initiatives involving parents, teachers, administrators, local law enforcement, mental health and wellness professionals and elected officials to take meaningful action to protect our students.
On January 14, 2019 the “Safe2Say Something” (S2SS) anonymous reporting system was officially launched. This program, is mandated under PA state law / Act 44. Safe2Say 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 to Say Something to a trusted adult OR use the S2SS 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.
The Safe2Say Something Anonymous Reporting System is a school safety tool for students, staff, and community members to anonymously report unsafe, harmful, dangerous, violent or criminal activity in a school entity or the threat of this activity in a school entity. Our trained members of the ELCO Safe2Say Something Team will be on-call 24 hours a day/365 days a year to receive and respond to tips related to life safety. Additionally, our team will work in conjunction with the Lebanon County 911 Police Dispatch Center to ensure a quick and appropriate response to all life safety tips.
In partnership with Sandy Hook Promise, we will provide training on the Safe2Say Something program to all of our secondary students, grades 6-12, within the next three weeks. The training will familiarize our students with the reporting system and make them aware of the signs and signals of at-risk behaviors that would prompt them to make a report. 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.
The S2SS system is not meant to replace local law enforcement. If there is an immediate emergency, the best course of action is always to call the Lebanon County 911 Police Dispatch Center to report a potentially serious situation.
If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call or email Craig Soden, High School Assistant Principal.
For additional information, see the Safe2Say "How It Works" document.