Several new safety initiatives will be implemented this year at all Florence Unified School District schools.
“See Something, Say Something” is a safety campaign that incorporates the use of an anonymous tip line. Using the tip line, students can report something anonymously when they are not able to discreetly access a safe or trusted adult.
Students can report on a variety of issues such as bullying (in person or online), vandalism, fighting, verbal or physical threats, dangerous weapons on campus or illegal substances, just to name a few.
FUSD has created a business card that will be distributed to each student along with posters that will be displayed throughout each school campus with instructions on how students can file a report.
A student can scan a QR code on either the poster or the business card, which will enable them to immediately report suspicious activity or file a tip.
A report can also be filed through an online form found in the “I want to” section located in the top right corner of a school’s website.
The “See Something, Say Something” safety initiative allows students to develop a sense of responsibility toward their peers and their school community. This means actively looking out for each other and reporting any suspicious activity they observe. Reporting such activities through the tip line to school authorities or designated staff members ensures that potential threats are addressed promptly and effectively. It is important to remember that no piece of information is too small or insignificant when it comes to maintaining a safe environment.
Another safety measure the district is adding this year is a direct link between school camera systems and law enforcement. This will enable an employee to send emergency alerts by simply pressing a button that will allow law enforcement to tap into a school’s camera system and view threats in real time. This feature will only be used in an emergency such as an unauthorized individual or individuals gaining access to a school campus.
Another layer of the safety involves lockdown and active-shooter training that will be provided to all FUSD staff in conjunction with the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office.
Rita Ann Ezzai Reznick is the director of public relations for the Florence Unified School District.