BUCYRUS – In light of recent threats, Bucyrus City Schools will implement new software called STOPit starting this week.
STOPit is a anonymous reporting app that allows students to report on any type of incident they see or experience directly from their smart phone. Students download a code given by their school and then install the corresponding app.
The app takes them to a reporting portal, where they can submit a request. Administrators then receive the request directly from the student and then can chat with them, anonymously, asking them for more information.
Chris Stone, media liaison for Bucyrus City School District, said that the new software comes at no additional cost to taxpayers because of a partnership the district’s insurance company has with STOPit.
“Given the events that have transpired the last couple of months, we thought ‘Let’s take this thing to the next level,'” Stone said.
STOPit is currently being used in more than 1,000 schools across the country.
An informational meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday at Bucyrus Elementary auditorium for parents and families about the new program. Stone said that parents will actually be seeing the program before students or staff.
“We want our parents to have information in order to have a conversation with their children,” Stone said.
Students and staff will be introduced to the system at special safety assemblies on Wednesday at both Bucyrus Secondary and Bucyrus Elementary schools.