After a year of planning, Flagstaff Unified School District launched its anonymous reporting service Monday, December 2 for use by students, staff, families and communities.
The service, available via mobile apps and online, offers secure one-way or two-way encrypted messages at all FUSD school sites, allowing users to submit reports to school authorities while protecting their identities.
“While many students feel comfortable asking for help or reporting concerns to trusted school adult, that is not the case for all students,” FUSD Superintendent Michael Penca said in a statement. “The use of Anonymous Alerts will provide one more way for students to get the help they need.”
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Submitted reports can be related to topics including bullying, cyber-bullying, family difficulties, self-harm, drug and alcohol abuse, depression, sexual harassment, gang related issues or abnormal student behavior.
All reports remain anonymous; however, users have the option to reveal their identity if they choose. Reports are monitored from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and reports submitted outside of these hours or on holidays will be responded to during the next school day. Students have received information about the service via announcements from school administrators, as well as through informational posters and stickers shared on every FUSD campus.
District officials have encouraged users of this service to call 911 immediately in the case of a disturbing or life threatening event. For more information, visit fusd1.org/anonymousalerts.