San Mateo-Foster City School District Adopts Anonymous Alerts Incident Reporting App

Students, parents, and staff can download the Anonymous Alerts app for free using a unique activation code provided by the district.

FOSTER CITY, Calif. — The San Mateo-Foster City School District partnered with Anonymous Alerts to implement its reporting app.

The anonymous reporting system (ARS) empowers students to submit tips about bullying, self-harm, violence, mental health concerns, or other threatening behavior directly to school officials, allowing the school to assess the report and act proactively, says the company.

“Our Anonymous Alerts reporting system will help San Mateo-Foster schools give students a voice and act as an early warning system for school administrators fostering safer school communities,” said T. Gregory Bender, founder and CEO of Anonymous Alerts.

Students, parents, and staff members can download the Anonymous Alerts app for free and gain access to the system by using a unique activation code provided by the district. A custom website portal link will be placed on district and school website pages to encourage students to send anonymous reports from any web browser, according to a press release. There will also be a comprehensive student Help Center located on the mobile app with mental health resources and other linked content.

By default, anonymous, two-way communication, if selected by the submitter, will be available from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Reports filed outside of these times will be responded to during the next school day.

“We promote building trust with educators at the building level, however giving our students a system to anonymously report a concern is a great way to empower students to be heard and ask for help,” said Diego R. Ochoa, Superintendent of Schools. “The Anonymous Alerts reporting tool will provide a secure outlet for sharing issues and concerns while supplying readily available critical mental health resources to our students. Students can have an anonymous 2-way dialogue with administrators about a tip they submitted giving further details to help with their concern.”

The district will be giving designated school personnel access to the web-based and mobile-based Incident Management System to anonymously communicate with reporters, take action on the submitted information, set threat assessment levels, and more.

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