S2SS - Safe to Say Something
The Pleasant Valley School District (PVSD) is committed to the safety and well-being of our students and educators. We believe this commitment includes the implementation of programs that involve parents, teachers, support staff, administrators, local law enforcement, mental health & wellness professionals, and officials from the Pennsylvania Department of Education to take meaningful action to protect our students, staff and community.
- As a part of that effort, PVSD is joining districts across the Commonwealth in rolling out the Safe2Say Something (S2SS) Recently mandated by Pennsylvania State law, S2SS is an anonymous reporting system designed to help students and staff recognize the warning signs and signals (especially on social media) of individuals who may be a threat to themselves or others. The S2SS program trains students and school staff members to treat every warning sign seriously and to act quickly to get help by talking to a trusted adult and/or by reporting it anonymously via phone, mobile app, or website to the Pennsylvania S2SS Crisis Center. District staff members will be trained to respond to and manage tips that are reported via:
- Tipline: 1-844-SAF2SAY
- Mobile App for Apple and Android Devices
- All calls and tips are received by the 24/7 S2SS Crisis Center.
- S2SS Crisis Center analysts receive and review tip information.
- The tip is triaged and categorized as either life safety or non-life safety situation.
- The tip is then sent to school officials and law enforcement (as needed) via text, email and/or phone call.
School officials will work in coordination with state and local law enforcement officials to clarify and respond to all tips.
S2SS is based on a three-step system:
- An anonymous tip is submitted via one of the above cited options: Website, Tip line or Mobile App
- Enforcement personnel intervene and/or offer assistance
- School officials and law enforcement (as needed) investigate, assess, and intervene with reported at-risk individuals.
- School officials report their outcomes into the Safe2Say Something platform and close out the tip, ensuring accountability for every tip submitted.
The S2SS program and curriculum is funded and managed by the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office through a partnership with Sandy Hook Promise, a national non-profit organization working to improve school safety. The curriculum is designed to be age-appropriate and research-based.
Student-focused training sessions will take place in PV schools in the future.
Questions about S2SS may be directed to any member of our Safe2Say Something Crisis Team at 570-402-1000:
- Mr. David Piperato, Superintendent of Schools
- Mr. AJ Kise, Director of Pupil Services
- Dr. John Burrus, Director of Human Resources
Attention all Parents, Guardians, Students, and Community Members,
The PA Center for Safe Schools recently launched its new Online PA Bullying Prevention Toolkit through a Rally held at the Capitol Rotunda on October 15, 2018. It was announced at the Rally that Governor Wolf proclaimed October as Pennsylvania’s Bullying Prevention Month.
In their work with districts and community organizations over the past 10 years, the Center for Safe Schools has included links to their site’s resources for everyone to use.
You can find the link on the shortcuts section of our webpage or you can click on the link below: