The Armstrong School District is committed to creating and sustaining a comprehensive, coordinated effort to improve the overall safety and well-being of our students and staff. We believe this effort must involve community-wide programs and initiatives involving parents, teachers, administrators, local law enforcement, mental health and wellness professionals, and elected officials to continue to take meaningful action to protect our students.
The “Safe2Say Something” (S2SS) anonymous reporting system launched on January 14, 2019. This program is mandated under PA state law/Act 44. It teaches students, teachers, and administrators how to recognize potential warning signs and signals, especially on social media, from individuals who may be a threat to themselves or others. It encourages students to Say Something to a trusted adult OR use its anonymous reporting system. Specifically, the program educates participants to:
• Recognize the signs and signals of at-risk behaviors – including on social media
• Take every sign and signal seriously and act quickly to get help by talking to a trusted adult OR
• Report it anonymously through the S2SS Office of the Attorney General 24/7 Crisis Center, mobile app, or website
• Respond to and manage the submitted tip via school-based multi-disciplinary educator and administrator teams
• Sustain the curriculum and awareness via student clubs, in-school activities, and call-to-action weeks
Our students are our most important resource in keeping our students safe because they are often aware of the problems their peers are facing. S2SS teaches our students how to recognize danger signs in their surroundings and on social media, and empowers them to act quickly with the assistance of trained and caring adults. Student training on the Safe2Say program is conducted yearly.
The S2SS program is provided by Sandy Hook Promise (SHP), a national non-profit organization dedicated to keeping our students safe. SHP’s programs are used in all 50 states, with 10,000+ schools and over 5.5 million students and adults trained. They have a track record, reputation, and knowledge to work effectively with kids, parents, and teachers to improve school safety and culture. We believe that S2SS will help stop school shootings, suicides, and gun threats; help identify bullying and cyberbullying; and help mitigate cutting, drug use, racial conflicts, and other acts of violence and victimization.
The Armstrong School District has established Threat Assessment Teams at the district level and building level to respond to reported threats. At the district level, the Threat Assessment Team is comprised of the Safe 2 Say team including:
Mr. Chris DeVivo, Superintendent
Dr. Josh Williams, Assistant Superintendent
Dr. Charles Kreinbucher, Assistant Superintendent / Safe Schools
Mr. Frank Nagy, Child Accounting and Cyber Principal
Mr. Chris Clawson, Director of Technology
Dr. Matthew Pawk, Director of Special Education and Psychological Services
Dr. Michael Glew, Director of Special Education and Pupil Services
At the elementary schools, the teams are comprised of a principal, nurse, guidance counselor, and referring teachers. The high schools operationalize their Student Assistance Program (SAP) teams which have specific training in interventions.
The threat assessment teams are responsible for the assessment and intervention with students whose behavior may indicate a threat to the safety of the student, other students, school employees, facilities, or the community.