As a school, we are committed to creating and sustaining a comprehensive, coordinated effort to support the overall safety and well-being of our students and the entire Moravian Academy community. MA has long been known for strong student-teacher relationships and this remains the cornerstone of student wellness. Student support teams complement this with strategic responses to specific student needs.
We also believe student wellness must involve community-wide programs and initiatives involving students, parents, teachers, administrators, local law enforcement, mental health & wellness professionals, and elected officials to take meaningful action to protect our students. With this in mind, last school year students trained on the “Safe2Say Something” (S2SS) reporting system. On Thursday, students reviewed the S2SS program and protocol during advisory. This program is mandated under PA state law/Act 44 and 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 OR
- Report it anonymously through the S2SS Office of the Attorney General 24/7 Crisis Center, mobile app, or website
HOW IT WORKS
- A tip is submitted via mobile app, website, or phone call—arriving first at the S2SS Crisis Center.
- Crisis Center analysts vet and triage the tip by engaging the tipster in anonymous two-way chat and
collaborating, when needed, with schools to gather contextual or historical information on the student in
question in order to provide detailed and immediately-actionable information to schools and dispatch.
- Crisis Center analysts deliver the tip to the impacted school and, as needed, local law enforcement via 911
- The school and, as needed, local law enforcement, assess and intervene with the at-risk individual.
- The school then closes out the tip and reports actions taken as a record for their school.
To learn more about the S2SS program, click here for a full brochure outlining the program. You can help your child at home by reading this brochure and being ready to listen and help them find a trusted adult to go to with a concern.