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Say Something Anonymous Reporting System

 

September 7, 2018



SUPERINTENDENTS CORNER

Say Something Anonymous Reporting System

by Kirk Carpenter, Aztec Municipal Schools Superintendent

On Thursday September 6, parents, teachers and educators from San Juan County joined Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) at San Juan College for an Informational Meeting. The meeting was held to learn about the Say Something Anonymous Reporting app. It is such a pleasure to work in an area where we have school districts that work and collaborate so closely for the common good of student and staff safety. Aztec Municipal Schools, Farmington Municipal School District, Bloomfield School District and Central Consolidated School District in partnership with SHP plan to onboard over 8,000 students in twenty one schools across the county. The app is scheduled to be rolled out to students in Aztec, Bloomfield and Farmington in all of the middle and high Schools on September 21, 2018. Central Consolidated is also involved and will implement it in their middle and high schools in the later part of September.

Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is based in Newtown, Connecticut. The organization is a national, nonprofit and is led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. This senseless act of violence claimed the lives of twenty first-graders and six educators. But instead of allowing this incident to defeat them, they have used it to define their incredible work that they are doing across the country to create safer places for students and staff.

Mark Barden, co-founder and managing director of SHP, and the father of Daniel who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, was one of the scheduled speakers at the event. We are blessed to be able to bring this part of the Sandy Hook Promise program to our county. There are others we are looking at as well. That is something we can talk about in another article, but know that we are working together as we move forward on those as well.

SHP has focused on preventing gun violence and other forms of violence and victimization, with their main objective to do this BEFORE it happens. They do not get caught up in the politics, but instead utilize both policy and non-policy making to accomplish their goals. We all understand a tragedy and how it can impact a community, and these incredible people have taken theirs and are now finding ways to help others across the country to try and prevent things from happening, but more importantly they are saving lives in the process. Their approach is to educate and mobilize youth and adults on mental health and wellness programs that identify, intervene and help at-risk individuals.

As we move forward there are three other programs that the Sandy Hook Promise has that we plan to implement over the course of this school year and will be working with the other school districts on as well.

Start with Hello

This program is designed to help children in grades K – 12 to learn how to become more socially inclusive and connected to one another.

Safety Assessment and Intervention

This program is designed for schools and community organizations. The training assists them on how to assess and respond to behaviors before they lead to violence.

SOS Signs of Suicide Prevention Program

Intervening before self-harm or violence or self-harm occurs is paramount. This program is designed to train students and adults to identify the warning signs of youth suicide.

I want to thank all our districts in this county for their partnership in creating a safe place for our students.

For more information, visit www.sandyhookpromise.org . We are AZTEC STRONG!!

 

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