Cleburne ISD has implemented a communications tool for students and parents that will allow for anonymous reporting of urgent information to school officials.
Letters were emailed September 28 informing parents of the availability of the Anonymous Alerts reporting program now in operation, including directions for access. Parents and students can download the free app to their smartphone or tablet, or an incident report can be placed from an Internet-connected computer. Reports to campus administrative officials can include a screenshot, photo or video relating to the incident.
On Monday, students viewed a video on the system, which provides secure one-way or two-way encrypted messages to ensure anonymity for the individual making the report. Signage has also been posted in main hallways and other prominent areas on each campus with information.
Message topics for submission may include bullying, cyberbullying, safety threats, drug and alcohol abuse, student depression, sexual harassment, suspicious behavior, gang-related issues or other sensitive topics.
All reports remain anonymous, although submitters have the option to reveal their identity if they prefer person-to-person discussion with the campus administrator. Anonymous Alerts should only be used for serious or urgent matters; it is imperative to call 911 if the submitter views the situation as life-threatening or an emergency.
The safety of CISD students and staff and the security of our campuses are top priorities. District officials believe the use of Anonymous Alerts will provide a helpful “see something, do something” tool for students, parents and the community for confidential disclosure of serious or troubling concerns. The implementation of this system reflects CISD’s goal of providing a safe and effective learning environment for the success of the students we serve.
Posters with information on the new Anonymous Alerts anonymous reporting system have been placed in main hallways and other prominent locations on all CISD campuses.