State Launches Tool for School SafetyIn June 2018, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed Act 44 of 2018 into law. While Act 44 is expansive, a key mandate of the law requires the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General to implement a school safety anonymous tip program. In partnership with a non-profit organization, Sandy Hook Promise, the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General activated the Safe2Say Something (S2SS) anonymous tip line on January 14, 2019.S2SS is based on a three-step system:
- An anonymous tip is submitted via one of the following options:
- Website: https://www.safe2saypa.org/
- Tipline: 1-844-SAF2SAY
- Mobile App for Apple and Android Devices
- All calls and tips are received by the 24/7 S2SS Crisis Center.
- An S2SS Crisis Center analyst receives and reviews tip information.
- The tip is triaged and categorized as either life safety or non-life safety.
- The tip is then sent to school officials and law enforcement (as needed) via text, email, and/or phone call.
- School officials and law enforcement intervene and/or offer assistance
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.
- 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.