Safe2Say Something (S2SS)
As required by Pennsylvania Act 44 of 2018, North Allegheny School District will participate in the Safe2Say Something Anonymous Reporting System beginning Monday, January 14, 2019. Safe2Say Something is a school safety tool for students, staff, and communities to anonymously report unsafe, potentially harmful, dangerous, violent, or criminal activities in a school entity or the threat of activities in a school entity.
Through Safe2Say Something (S2SS), students, staff, parents/guardians, and community members will be able to submit an anonymous tip through the Safe2Say Something system in one of three ways:
- A mobile app, which is available for download on Apple and Android devices for free
- The Safe2Say Something website, www.safe2saypa.org
- A 24/7 phone line, 1-844-SAF2SAY (1-844-723-2729)
Once the report is made, the following steps will take place:
- The crisis center, staffed by the Office of the Attorney General, will review, assess, and process all submissions.
- The crisis center will send all submissions to a team of North Allegheny administrators and/or law enforcement officials for intervention.
- If needed, the crisis center may contact the tipster anonymously through the app.
Safe2Say Something is a national program that was developed by the Sandy Hook Promise. It was designed to teach youth and adults how to recognize warning signs and signals, especially within social media, from individuals who may be a threat to themselves and to others, and to “say something” before it’s too late. North Allegheny also has an established TIPSLine for students, parents, and community members to utilize for anonymous tips pertaining to safety and security. Though the TIPSLine has been in place for several years, S2SS is an additional resource for North Allegheny to implement into its comprehensive safety and security plan.
All North Allegheny middle and high school students, along with staff members District-wide, will be trained on the program to recognize warning signs and signals, and how to use the system to submit a tip. The District is currently waiting to hear back from Safe2Say organizers regarding when the training will occur, which is coordinated through the Sandy Hook Promise.
The District strongly encourages students to report information to a trusted adult, and continue to utilize 9-1-1 in a true emergency situation.
More information about the program is available online at www.safe2saypa.org.
Frequently Asked Questions about Safe2Say Something
What is Safe2Say Something?
Safe2Say Something (S2SS) is a school safety tool for students, staff, and communities to anonymously report unsafe, potentially harmful, dangerous, violent, or criminal activities in a school entity or the threat of activities in a school entity.
Who came up with Safe2Say Something?
S2SS is run by the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General in partnership with Sandy Hook Promise.
How do you make an anonymous tip?
Through the mobile app, the Safe2Say Something website, or the 24/7 phone line, 1-844-SAF2SAY.
Is NA’s old TIPSLine still active?
Yes, NA’s original TIPSLine is still active. Anonymous tips can be made by calling 724-933-TIPS (8477).
Should I use NA’s TIPSLine to make a tip, Safe2Say, or call 9-1-1?
In any life-threatening emergency or real-time threat, all individuals are encouraged to call 9-1-1.
The North Allegheny TIPSLine (724-933-8477) will continue to be available to the community to report concerns about school safety, bullying, or any other issue. If you see or hear something, say something. North Allegheny strongly encourages any student, parent/guardian, or resident to report tips that pose a threat to the safety and security of our school community. The NA TIPSLine is also open 24/7, and callers may remain anonymous.
Safe2Say Something is another resource that allows students, parents/guardians, and community members to safely and anonymously report a safety or security issue.
Who will be trained on Safe2Say?
Students in grades 6-12 and District staff will be trained at a later date on how to recognize warning signs and signals.
Who will be conducting the training for students and staff?
The training is offered through the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General and Sandy Hook Promise.
Who at NA is already trained on Safe2Say?
NA has a core safety management team trained on Safe2Say Something and is prepared to respond to any reports that come through the system. The core team consists of the Director of Operations, the Manager of School Safety and Security, and the School Resource Officers stationed at NAI and NASH. The District has also met with its law enforcement partners to discuss the S2SS program.