The mission of Safe2Tell Wyoming is to ensure that every student, parent, teacher and community member has access to a safe and anonymous way to report any concerns to their safety or the safety of others, with a focus on early intervention and prevention through awareness and education.
HOW DOES SAFE2TELL WYOMING WORK?
Safe2Tell Wyoming calls, web-reports and mobile app reports are answered 24/7/365 by trained communications professionals at the Wyoming Highway Patrol. Reports are sent to the appropriate school and/or law enforcement agency for investigation and follow-up. Safe2Tell requires a disposition report be returned by participating schools on each tip report, notifying us of the outcome.
HOW CAN YOU PARTICIPATE?
It is vital that every school submit their administrative contact information to Safe2Tell Wyoming. This ensures that the correct individuals are notified in the event of a Safe2Tell report involving their school. Update who should receive Safe2Tell Wyoming reports for your school by submitting you school contact information and updates through our online form.
HOW SHOULD WE HANDLE SAFE2TELL REPORTS?
Your organization should determine the practice and procedure for routinely handling Safe2Tell Wyoming reports in a confidential manner. It should be clear to your staff who will receive, investigate and complete the disposition report on all Safe2Tell tips.
Please note that Safe2Tell Wyoming reports will be sent via e-mail, fax, or text message. It is important that staff protocols include measures to ensure students do not intercept confidential Safe2Tell reports while volunteering in the area where the fax machine is located.
HOW CAN WE RAISE AWARENESS IN OUR SCHOOL?
There are two key components to increasing awareness of Safe2Tell Wyoming in your school:
STAFF AWARENESS & EDUCATION:
It is recommended that all staff involved with students at every level be aware and familiar with Safe2Tell Wyoming, why it is important for students, and how it works. This not only educates staff on the importance of student issues regarding the code of silence, it also enables them to communicate the need for students to tell in a way that keeps them safe.
Studies show that students perform better academically in safe learning environments where there is a fair and equitable enforcement of the rules and open avenues of communication to report dangerous or threatening behaviors. Furthermore, students thrive when they have at least one caring, committed, pro-social adult involved in their lives. When school personnel reiterate these messages in a strength-based and positive manner, it contributes greatly to a safe school environment.
STUDENT AWARENESS AND EDUCATION
While Safe2Tell Wyoming materials in the form of posters, student cards, banners, etc. are important reminders of Safe2Tell’s availability for students, it takes more than a poster on the wall to teach young people the importance of “telling” when they have information that could prevent a tragedy from occurring.
According to the U.S. Secret Service 81% of the time a violent act occurs on school property, at least one student had prior knowledge of the event but failed to report it. Students must learn the importance of taking every threat seriously and reporting in a way that keeps them safe.
For more information about Safe2Tell Wyoming awareness and education resources, please call the Safe2Tell Wyoming administrative office at 307-777-8787 or email us.