Dear Canton Area School District Families:
As a school system, we are committed to creating and sustaining a comprehensive, coordinated effort to improve the overall safety and well-being of our students, educators and administrators.
To do this, we believe this must involve community-wide programs and initiatives involving parents, teachers, administrators, local law enforcement, mental health & wellness professionals and elected officials to take meaningful action to protect our students.
Today, I am happy to announce the launch of the “Safe2Say Something” (S2SS) reporting system. This program, which is mandated under PA state law / Act 44, teaches students, teachers, and administrators how to recognize warning signs and signals, especially within social media, of individuals who may be a threat to themselves or others and Say Something to a trusted adult. Specifically, the program educates participants to:
- Recognize the signs and signals of at-risk behaviors – especially within social media
- Take every sign and signal seriously; act quickly to get help by talking to a trusted adult
Our students often are aware of the problems their peers are facing, so we must empower them to know the danger signs and give them the tools to help each other with the assistance of trained and caring adults. As you know, most conversations are taking place on social media, therefore it is critical that we teach our students to be looking out for one another as these digital conversations are taking place. S2SS teaches them what to look for in text, video and photos while empowering them to act quickly to help a fellow student. On, Friday, January 18th 2019, all 7th through 12th grade students in the Canton Area School District will be trained by me through 45-minute program overview.
This is just another measure the Canton Area School District is taking to ensure the safety of all the students, faculty and staff of the district. As always, safety of our students is our top priority.
Further information about this program can be found via our district website (www.canton.k12.pa.us) under the “Community” tab. If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call or email me directly.
Dr. Eric Briggs
Superintendent of Schools
Canton Area School District