All districts should establish reporting systems to be used by staff, students and families that provide anonymity. Anonymous tip lines allow students, parents, and staff to report concerns without fear of retaliation. There are a number of companies listed below. Check with your insurance provider, as many insurance companies and Joint-Power Authorities have relationships with anonymous tip lines and may provide it to the district free of charge.
- Share the link to a tip line on your school and district websites.
- Ensure that at least 2-3 staff members in the district are contacted when tips or reports are submitted.
- Communicate the availability of the tip line at least quarterly to students, families, and staff members.
Resources for online reporting systems:
- “We Tip” - This online anonymous crime reporting hotline links staff and local law enforcement to tips provided by students, staff and community. While this is fee-based, many insurance companies will pay for or subsidize this service.
- Catapult Emergency Management System - This fee-based emergency management and communications system is one that many districts have successfully used during emergencies.
- See Something, Say Something program - The Department of Homeland Security site for the See Something, Say Something program includes downloadable print materials and infographics.
- FBI Tips and Public Leads - The FBI offers an online form to report information on criminal activity and suspected terrorist threats.