Dear Lebanon County Career and Technology Families:
As a school system, we are committed to creating and sustaining a comprehensive, coordinated effort to improve the
overall safety and well-being of our students, educators and administrators.
To do this, we believe this must involve community-wide programs and initiatives involving parents, teachers,
administrators, local law enforcement, mental health & wellness professionals and elected officials to take meaningful
action to protect our students.
Today, I am happy to announce the launch of the “Safe2Say Something” (S2S5) anonymous reporting system. This
program, which is mandated under PA state law/ Act 44, teaches students, teachers, and administrators how to
recognize warning signs and signals, especially within social media, of individuals who may be a threat to themselves
or others and Say Something to a trusted adult OR use its anonymous reporting system. Specifically, the program
educates participants to:
• Recognize the signs and signals of at-risk behaviors – especially within social media
• Take every sign and signal seriously; act quickly to get help by talking to a trusted adult OR
• Report it anonymously through the S2SS Office of the Attorney General 24/7 Crisis Center, mobile app, or website
• Respond to and manage the submitted tip via a school-based multi-disciplinary educator and administrator teams
• Sustain the curriculum and awareness via student clubs, in-school activities and call-to-action weeks
Our students often are aware of the problems their peers are facing, so we must empower them to know the danger
signs and give them the tools to help each other with the assistance of trained and caring adults. As you know, most
conversations are taking place on social media, therefore it is critical that we teach our students to be looking out for
one another as these digital conversations are taking place. S25S teaches them what to look for in text, video and
photos while empowering them to act quickly to help a fellow student.
The SS-ARS program is being provided through Sandy Hook Promise (SHP), a nation-wide non-profit organization.
SHP’s programs are in 50 states – with 10,000+ schools and over 5.5 million students and adults trained. They have a
track record, reputation, and knowledge of how to work effectively with kids, parents, and teachers to improve school
safety and culture. The program is age-appropriate and research-based. They also have funding to provide and sustain
the program at NO COST to our school (and all schools statewide).
We anticipate that S255 will help stop school shootings, suicides, and gun threats; it will help reduce bullying and
cyberbullying; help intervene upon cutting, drug use, racial conflicts, and other violent and victimization acts.
If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call or email me directly.
Mr. Gregory B. Williams Sr.
Assistant Director – Students