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Important Information Regarding The Safe2Say Something Program

Dear Millersburg Area School District Families:

In our region there are five school districts (Halifax Area, Millersburg Area, Tri-Valley, Upper Dauphin Area, and Williams Valley) that participate in the Joint School Safety Task Force (JSST).  The JSST works together in matters of school safety and provide mutual assistance in the event of an emergency incident affecting a member school or district.  The districts involved in the JSST are committed to creating and sustaining a comprehensive, coordinated effort to improve the overall safety and well-being of our students, educators and administrators. 

The school districts that participate in the JSST have coordinated a regional implementation of the “Safe2Say Something” (S2SS) system. This program, which is mandated for secondary students under PA state law/Act 44, complements our teaching 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.  The Safe2Say Something program encourages students to talk to a trusted adult and instructs students how to 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 Office of the Attorney General 24/7 Crisis Center, mobile app, or website.
  • Respond to and manage the submitted tip via school-based multi-disciplinary educator and administrator teams.

Our students often are aware of the issues 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.  As you know, a multitude of conversations are taking place on social media.  S2SS teaches students what to look for in text, video and photos while empowering them to act quickly to help a fellow student.

The S2SS program is being provided through Sandy Hook Promise (SHP), a nation-wide non-profit organization. SHP’s programs are in 50 states – with 10,000+ schools and over 5.5 million students and adults trained. They have a track record, reputation, and knowledge of how to work effectively with kids, parents, and teachers to improve school safety and culture. The program is age-appropriate and research-based. They also have funding to provide and sustain the program at NO COST to our school (and all schools statewide).    Below is the anticipated schedule for the JSST member schools to provide seminars or assemblies to students on the S2SS program. 

JSST District

Anticipated Program Training Week 

Tri Valley

Training Complete (January 16)

Millersburg Area

January 29

Upper Dauphin Area

February 4

Williams Valley

February 18

Halifax Area

February 18

 

If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call or email your child’s building administrator directly.