(Posted on behalf of BVSD Superintendent, Bruce K. Messinger)
Dear BVSD parents, guardians, and staff,
Student safety is a high priority in the Boulder Valley School District. I am writing to express my support of a new, free mobile app available from Safe2Tell and to encourage you to download it onto your smartphones.
Launched in 2004, the statewide Safe2Tell program was established as a phone tip line that students could call anytime day or night to report concerns about threats that potentially endangered them or someone they knew. A key element of the program’s success has been that the caller remains anonymous.
The new Safe2Tell app continues that commitment to anonymity while providing reporters with a more convenient and modern alternative to the phone line. The app allows students, parents, and community members to submit secure, anonymous safety concerns with dialogue, image, and video upload features sent to a live 24/7 answering point. The system provides Colorado school administrators and law enforcement officials with accurate information enabling quick, effective interventions to prevent violence and tragedies.
You can find this app in the Apple App Store or Google Play by searching for any of the following: Safe2Tell, Safe 2 Tell, or Safe to Tell.
Tips can still be submitted on the Safe2Tell website at safe2tell.org, or by calling the 24-hour tip line at 877-542-SAFE (7233).
Safe2Tell fields reports about a wide variety of threats, including:
• Bullying and physical threats
• Domestic violence and child abuse
• Assaults and harassment
• Sexual assault and misconduct
• Alcohol and drugs
• Suicide threats
• Gangs and fights
• Explosives, guns, knives, and other weapons
• Stealing and vandalism
• Starting fires
• Internet misuse
• Animal cruelty
“Safe2Tell® is a state-funded strategic initiative of the Colorado Department of Law, Office of the Attorney General. The strategy focuses on Colorado children and youth and the issues they face today. The model was based on the Columbine Commission Report’s recommendation that students need a safe and anonymous way to keep lines of communication open. They realized that tragedies might be prevented if young people had a way to tell someone what they knew without fearing retaliation. The anonymity of all Safe2Tell reports is protected by C.R.S. 07-197. This means the reporting party remains UNKNOWN by Colorado state law.” (Source: http://www.safe2tell.org/who-we-are/)
Download the new app now easily at: safe2tell.org/