February 25, 2019
Act 44, which was signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf in June 2018, mandates every school district in Pennsylvania use the newly created "Safe2Say Something" program and anonymous 24/7 tip line. This program teaches students, teachers, and administration how to recognize warning signs and signals, especially on social media, of individuals who may be a threat to themselves or to others and how to respond by saying something to a trusted adult or by using the "Safe2Say Something" anonymous tip line.
The program teaches participants to:
- Recognize the signs and signals of at risk behaviors - especially within social media
- Take each sign and signal seriously and act quickly to talking to a trusted adult, OR
- Report it to the "Safe2Say Something" tip line by phone, website, or mobile app
When an anonymous tip is submitted through the "Safe2Say Something" tip line, it is received by the PA Office of the Attorney General's Crisis Center. The tip is triaged, categorized, and disseminated to school administrators and the local police, if necessary, for appropriate intervention. The "Safe2Say Something" program is not designed to replace calling 911, but to serve as a complimentary program.
Baldwin-Whitehall students in grades 6-12 will receive training on how to use the "Safe2Say Something" system in the coming weeks. The following links are included to provide additional information about the program:
Dr. Randal A. Lutz
Superintendent of Schools