Say Something



September 24, 2019 

Say Something Anonymous Reporting Tool
Dear Parents, 
 
As a school district, we are committed to creating and sustaining a comprehensive, coordinated effort to improve the o
verall safety and well-being of our students, educators and administrators. In April 2019 we launched the “Say Something Anonymous Reporting System” (SS-ARS). This program teaches students, teachers, and administrators how to recognize the warning signs and signals, especially within social media, of individuals who may be a threat to themselves or others and Say Something to a trusted adult, call 911 OR use its anonymous reporting system. 

We wanted to clarify the program’s use in the New Fairfield Public School District.

Although we recognize that students can call in 24/7 to Say Something, the New Fairfield Public School staff will actively monitor the system only during school hours, from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Staff members will be informed of all non-life threatening tips the next day that school is in session. Outside of school hours, anonymous life threatening tips made to Say Something will be delivered directly to 911 for emergency disposition.  It is important to make sure that your children and your family understand that if they need to make a tip, or need assistance, the first call should always be to 911.  Please discuss this with your children.  We will share this procedure with both the Middle and High School staff and students.  
   
Our students are often 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. As you know, most conversations are taking place on social media, therefore it is critical that we teach our students to be looking out for one another as these digital conversations are taking place. 

There is a parent guide on our website that you can review at: http://bit.ly/2G24ml6  if you would like more information. The New Fairfield Board of Education, staff and community are committed to students’ safety as a number one priority.  Please reach if you have any concerns and remind your children that when in doubt, they should always speak to a trusted adult in our schools and/or community or call 911.  Thank you.  


Sincerely, 


Dr. Patricia Cosentino
Superintendent 


 
Say Something Resources for Parents/Students:

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How the Say Something Anonymous Reporting System Works