Sand Springs Public Schools is launching a free, anonymous reporting app for students and parents to prevent bullying December 14.
STOPit allows students to report anything from cyber bullying to threats of violence or self harm within the app.
“Our goal is to keep our students safe and we recognize that not all students feel comfortable reporting an issue,” Superintendent Sherry Durkee said in a statement.
Students can download the free app and send in a screen shot, photo or other information surrounding potential bullying or any other safety situation that needs to be addressed. The information will go to designated administrators or a pre-determined staff member in each building, who will assess how to proceed. Staff members will resolve some issues internally and involve the police if necessary.
School officials will share access codes and information about how to use the app with students and parents during the launch week. Other resources are available for parents and students to learn more about STOPit, such as videos and frequently asked questions. Parents can follow up with building administrators after winter break with any additional questions.
“Not only will STOPIt help with reporting but it takes us beyond to a place of deterring behaviors that are not conducive to a safe learning environment,” Durkee said.