The Dobbs Ferry School District is introducing a new communications tool called Anonymous Alerts that allows people to report urgent information they might be uncomfortable sharing.
Students, staff and parents can now submit private, Internet-enabled messages on bullying, family difficulties, drug and alcohol abuse, depression and other sensitive matters directly to school administrators. The program will start tomorrow (Feb. 7).
“Our number one priority is the physical and emotional well-being of our students and staff,” said Dobbs Ferry Schools Superintendent Dr. Lisa Brady. “Given the recent nationwide tragedies surrounding mental health issues and violence, it is imperative that schools stay on top of urgent student concerns and increase the flow of actionable information to administrators who can quickly address problems as they arise.”
Messages can be submitted anonymously to school officials (school principals or assistant principals only) using a Smartphone or computer. When submitting a message, students can also upload or attach a photo directly from their iPhone, iPad or smartphone to accompany the text.
All reports remain anonymous, but senders do have the option to reveal their identity during the process of submitting information if they prefer to have a person-to-person discussion.
Those wishing to submit information anonymously can visit www.anonymousalerts.com/dobbsferrysd using an Internet-enabled device, or go to the Dobbs Ferry School District’s website, www.dfsd.org, and click on ‘Anonymous Alerts.’
According to the company providing the service, it is important that all users remember this service is strictly for the purpose of reporting incidents of bullying, sensitive student issues or emergency safety information. False reports will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.