The 6th Annual School Safety Summit
May 15, 2019
Hosted by: Slippery Rock University
Highlights of the Event
98 Participants Registered that included educators, law enforcement, business, community leaders.
51 school district, organizations and businesses were represented.
An All Star Panel: Jim Budzilek, Dir. of Education HIBster, Russ Lucas, Attorney, Phil Little, Pa Attorney General’s office, Steve Oler, Retired PA State Police, School Resource Officer
A Presentation by Mike Vereb, Director PA Attorney General’s Office Topic: Safe2Say Something
What is Safe2Say Something?
Safe2Say Something is a youth violence prevention program run by the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General. The program teaches youth and adults how to recognize warning signs and signals, especially within social media, from individuals who may be a threat to themselves or others and to “say something” BEFORE it is too late. With Safe2Say Something, it’s easy and confidential to report safety concerns to help prevent violence and tragedies.
Here’s how it works:
- Submit an anonymous tip report through the Safe2SaySomething system
- Crisis center reviews, assesses and processes all submissions
- Crisis center sends all submissions to school administration and/or law enforcement for intervention
- If needed, crisis center may contact tipster anonymously through the app
The Safety Summit Goals that were met:
Before the event: bring together a diverse group of school districts and organizations from a wide geographic area to discuss the importance of school climate and school safety.
After the event: for participants to leave with information and ideas they could share with colleagues in their school or organization to enhance school climate and school safety.
Some general comments made by participants:
*The Annual School Safety Summit is always informative and well done I appreciate the communication and the Best Practices that are discussed—Brad Meehan, Mohawk School District
*First rate in all ways, as your programs always are—Dr. John Hicks, Slippery Rock University
*This was a good event—David McDevitt, Allegheny Clarion Valley School District
*Excellent speakers, panel and format—Kelley Engle, Blackhawk School District
* Great topic—Jessica Hall Wirth—Slippery Rock University
*The topic today was timely, relevant and is such a great resource I will be sharing with my preservice teachers—Toni Mild—Slippery Rock University
*Great Job again—Matthew Bennett—Union City Area School District
*The event provided multiple perspectives: schools, law enforcement, government and private business. This is what is needed to solve issues—Michael Leitera—Mohawk School District
*Great Event—Dave Sevick, Computer Reach
*The Summit is informative and insightful and keeps me informed of current administrative and social issues.—Tony DeFelice, Springfield Local School (Ohio).
*Mike Vereb was outstanding,,,,I’m so glad he was able to be here and share this information—Sarah Antal , The Prevention Network
*I love HH Education Events—Taylor Gall-Ruggiero, Butler County Vocational Technical School
Here is what some participants said when asked “What did you learn today that you will share with others?”
*80% of school shooters tell someone of their plan.
*We need to get more secure and steady record keeping systems for bullying and how it is handled.
*Less than 1.5% of the Say2Say calls are false tips.
*Ideas for addressing bullying.
*Contact information about Safe2Say and the APP.
*Social media needs to be controlled within the district.
*HIBster tracking software and doing bullying reports digitally.
*Safe2Say Something—very useful, great APP.
*New Social Wellness Training Program for K-12 is Amazing.
*I think the discussion about tracking and educating students/parents about bullying is important and I will discuss it with our administration.
*A shocking fact was the numbers that Safe2Say has generated.
*Specific instances of bullying and an appreciation of why students face such challenges.
*The attorney general’s office is aware and addressing the over whelming mental health needs school districts are facing.
*That legislation exists to make sure an anonymous tip system exists for all schools that students can utilize.
*Reports are available from Safe2Say.
All of this happened from 9:00 AM to Noon. It was an amazing 3 hours of information, reflection and active participation—Herb Hunt
Thank You for Your Support
Slippery Rock University, Dr. Keith Dils, Dean College of Education
Andrews &Price, Attorneys, Pittsburgh PA