Mars Area School District is participating in the Safe2Say Something youth violence prevention program, which was unveiled by the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General on Jan. 14.
Safe2Say Something provides the means by which anyone can confidentially report safety concerns that may help prevent violence and tragedies. The program includes three (3) ways to make an anonymous tip:
- Website — www.safe2saypa.org
- Mobile App — Safe2Say Something (available for download via Google Play or the Apple Store).
- 24/7 Crisis Hotline — (844) SAF2SAY or (844) 723-2729
Note: Mars Area School District’s Safety Hotline will continue to be available at (724) 625-2720 for all District students to report concerns regarding school safety, bullying or any other issue. Information provided via the Safety Hotline is kept strictly confidential and is reviewed and addressed immediately.
The Office of the Attorney General Crisis Center analysts review, assess and process all reports before the information is forwarded to school administration and/or law enforcement for intervention. If needed, the Crisis Center may contact the tipster anonymously.
As per Act 44 of 2018, Safe2Say Something is a state-mandated program for all Pennsylvania schools and is offered by the Office of Attorney General in partnership with Sandy Hook Promise. The program teaches youth and adults how to recognize warning signs and signals, especially within social media, from those who may be a threat to themselves and/or others and to “say something” BEFORE it is too late.
Mars Area School District’s team of administrators, who will receive reports sent through Safe2Say Something, is undergoing training on the system. The program will also offer training for all students in Grades 5-12 as well as District teachers and staff members later in the school year.
For more information, visit www.safe2saypa.org.