The City School District of New Rochelle announced at its recent Board of Education meeting that it is partnering with Westchester County-based Anonymous Alerts®, an award-winning anti-bullying and safety reporting mobile app and system for students, community members and staff.
Anonymous Alerts® is a patented anonymous two-way communications® system that empowers students to anonymously report bullying and harassment, weapons, drug/alcohol usage and other safety concerns directly to school officials.
Last night, the school district launched the reporting website:
https://www.anonymousalerts.com/newrochelleps/. This site can also be found through a link on the District website’s homepage, http://www.nred.org/, under “Important Resources” and school home pages. Once the app is launched, the school district will make an announcement to students.
School district officials stressed that Anonymous Alerts® is a reporting system to district and building administrators. It is not meant for use in emergencies. People in an emergency should continue to call 9-1-1.
The new technology at students’ fingertips will help them to anonymously discuss sensitive topics, have compassion for others, and learn self-awareness about issues confronting today’s youth. Administrators will get an app of their own called the Anonymous Alerts Incident Management app to anonymously respond to students, track incidents and take notes.
In the near future, students, parents and staff will be able to directly download the Anonymous Alerts® app for free and gain access with a simple activation code provided by the school district, to send reports anonymously to school officials.
“With the development of this partnership, the Board of Education and the school district administration will empower students to be engaged citizens and easily voice any bullying or safety concerns they may have to the school administration,” said Superintendent Dr. Brian Osborne.
“The Board of Education has heard the concerns from our parents and community,” said Board President Rachel Relkin. “The school district has always strived for increased openness and communication among its students, parents and staff and this app will further the district’s mission.”
Monitoring hours for the system will be during school days between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.