How Parents Can help:
- Please review your contact information in PowerSchool to make sure all information is correct and keep your information updated.
- Sign up for Nash County Public School and your child’s individual school(s) alert notifications to receive text and email messages.
Parents will usually receive texts and email messages from the district when emergency protocols are implemented.
- Monitor the NCPS website, Twitter and Instagram for updates and instructions., NCPS will usually post information and updates on social media once we know the information is accurate.
It is likely that information and misinformation will be on social media and reported through mainstream media before you receive communication from NCPS.
Nash County Public School’s priority is to make sure students and staff are safe and that their needs are being met. Then, once we have accurate information, it will be shared with parents. Sometimes this takes a little time; please be patient.
- Please do not call the school during an emergency-staff members are focused on student safety and phones will not be answered.
- Please do not call your child at school during an emergency.
It is important that your child pays attention to their teacher’s instructions and what’s being asked of them at that moment. In the case of an intruder or active shooter, it is imperative that students and staff are quiet and that all phones are silenced.
If your child calls you during an emergency, please help them stay calm and remind them to listen to their teacher and follow directions.
- Do not drive to the school during an emergency - the streets need to be open for response personnel to safely arrive.
- If it becomes necessary to dismiss students through a Reunification site, please be mindful of the process and procedures prior to an incident. Your knowledge and understanding of the Reunification process will enable a smoother and safer Reunification with your child. (Please see Reunification video and brochure) (Add a link)
Per G.S. 115C-105.51, Nash County Public Schools uses the Say Something Anonymous Reporting System, providing a safe and anonymous way for students, parents and community members to report safety concerns.
Say Something Anonymous Reporting System
Reporting hotline – 1-844-5-SAYNOW (729-669)
The national nonprofit, Sandy Hook Promise (SHP), developed the Say Something Anonymous Reporting System (SS-ARS). The system allows youth and adults to securely submit anonymous safety concerns – anytime, from anywhere – to help identify and intervene upon at-risk individuals before they hurt themselves or others. The system enables school administrators and law enforcement to create effective interventions and to help prevent violence, suicide, bullying, self-harm and other forms of threatening behavior.
Designed specifically for use by students in grades 6-12, SS-ARS provides three reporting platforms (mobile app, website, 24/7 phone hotline) for users to submit tips – and a crisis center to examine and triage those tips. When credible tips are received, the crisis center will notify school-based representatives, even after hours when tips are life-threatening and require immediate intervention. In cases of imminent threat, the crisis center will contact local 911 dispatch and involve law enforcement.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Say Something Anonymous Reporting System (SS-ARS)?
SS-ARS is an anonymous reporting system that lets students, parents, staff, and community members securely share safety concerns. It focuses on student and staff safety by:
1. Training students, teachers, and administrators how to recognize warning signs of someone who may be a threat to themselves or others—including signs on social media.
2. Providing a way to report concerning behavior, which then helps school administrators and law enforcement members prevent violence, suicide, bullying, self-harm and other dangerous behavior.
Nash County Public Schools (NCPS) has been working with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction as we launch this program in our schools. Every public school in North Carolina will adopt this program by the end of the year.
How does SS-ARS work?
Students and staff can submit an anonymous tip through an app, the website, or a phone call when they notice concerning or threatening behavior. Every submission goes directly to a trained crisis counselor. The counselor then shares the information and next steps with the NCPS school team and law enforcement as needed. The team steps in to address the threat.
Could you provide an example of how SS-ARS could work?
The SS-ARS can be used to report threatening or harmful behavior, harassment and more. For example, imagine that one student, Lisa, is worried about her friend, Mary, harming herself—like cutting her arms—but Lisa isn’t sure who she can tell. Lisa doesn’t want to be labeled a “snitch” or for her friend to find out that she said something. Lisa can anonymously report her concern through the NCPS Say Something app, website, or through a phone call. The trained crisis counseling team will immediately take action to ensure Mary is safe and getting the right interventions to help her.
What happens to the tip if the individual reporting is threatening to hurt themselves?
The NCPS team members are specifically trained to recognize mental illness and emotional disturbances and manage crisis situations. All psychiatric emergencies are referred to the appropriate community mental health services psychiatric crisis line. Law enforcement may conduct a welfare check.
Do I have to use SS-ARS? Does my student?
NO. Using the reporting system is completely voluntary.
Who is running the program?
Say Something is a youth violence program presented by Sandy Hook Promise (SHP), a national nonprofit. SHP was founded and is led by family members who lost loved ones during the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy in 2012. SHP has trained more than 11 million educators, parents, community leaders and students to recognize the signs of and prevent violence and harmful acts in schools.
How much are we paying for this program?
The Say Something Anonymous Reporting System was created by a nonprofit and is therefore free for our school district.
What about privacy?
NCPS has been working with our school board’s legal team to ensure that all key privacy standards are maintained. Reporting through the Say Something System is completely anonymous.
Apps and On-line Form
Terms and Procedures for Emergency Response
Used to describe security measures taken to protect against intruders.
Lockdown: It is a precautionary measure in response to an active threat (active shooter/intruder) on the school grounds or in the surrounding community. All students and staff are locked in classroom, offices, etc.; exterior and interior doors are locked. No one can enter the building and no one can leave the building, with the exception of Law Enforcement and Emergency Personnel. Front office personnel will not be available to man or answer phone calls. Parents cannot come to the school and students cannot checkout. School does not operate on a normal schedule; school as normal ceases until law enforcement gives the principal or central office the okay to resume a normal schedule. In the direst of circumstances, Law Enforcement would escort students and staff from the building to buses for transport to the reunification/notification site.
- All students stay in place with a teacher or staff member.
- Students and teachers remain in locked classrooms, unobservable from outside (lights-off, door windows obscured with paper) and outside potential lines of fire.
- Students and staff members disregard fire alarms. No one enters or exits the school, except public safety personnel.
- Persons in trailers remain in locked trailers.
Soft Lockdown: It is a precautionary measure in response to a threat where the credibility has not been determined; there is an ongoing investigation by Law Enforcement. School resumes with a heightened sense of awareness on safety. Interior and exterior doors are locked and there is a constant surveillance of the school by staff. The movement of students and staff are tightly restricted to the confines of the building; students can transition between buildings with heavy monitoring by staff. Parents and visitors can come to the school and students are allowed to check out. Front office personnel will answer phone calls. Students traveling to the Community College and other programs can go as normal. Law Enforcement will have an increased presence in and around schools.
Secure the Building
Used if the danger is outside the building, e.g., a robbery near the school.
- No students allowed outside of buildings and trailers (no P.E., recess, etc.).
- All building and trailer exterior doors are closed and locked.
- People in locked trailers remain in locked trailers.
- Staff members and students are free to move about inside buildings and trailers.
- Staff member posted at building main entrance to control visitor access, issue passes, and direct to reunification area, if necessary.
Shelter In Place
Used to temporarily separate people from a hazardous outdoor atmosphere, such as in a hazmat incident.
- “Shelter-In-Place” announcement made via PA system and radio.
- Students and staff members move into main building from trailers unless it is unsafe due to environmental contamination.
- All windows and doors are closed, locked and sealed, with materials that will hinder air flow.
- Staff members shut off main building power to stop HVAC, exhaust, and roof ventilators.
- Signs placed on the front door making notification of Shelter-in-Place Emergency.
- Building entry forbidden until public safety officials arrive and give the “all clear.”
- Exposed or contaminated people will be kept separate from the rest of school population and directed to wash with water.
- If possible, alternative clothing for exposed individuals will be provided and contaminated clothing will be removed and sealed in plastic bags.
- Administrators will listen to local emergency management officials and follow directions from responding public safety officials.
Stay Put, Stay Tuned
Implemented at the request of public safety officials to limit impacts on the transportation infrastructure during large-scale events.
- Stay Put, Stay Tuned announcement made via PA system and radio.
- No unsupervised release of students will occur until direction is provided by competent authority.
- Staff members will monitor local media and messaging systems for updates.
- E-notify messages will be sent by affected schools.
- Students can be released to parents with proper identification.
- If public safety officials require that a school building be evacuated, students and staff members will be safely transported by bus to a designated parent-student reunification center. Parents will be informed of the reunification location via NCPS' emergency messaging system and local media. At the reunification center, students will be released to their parents following the Reunification process.
- School bus drivers will be in contact with the Transportation Department for specific instructions if a crisis occurs while students are in transport. Bus drivers will be directed how best to address the situation and not travel toward the crisis location. If necessary, parents will be informed of the parent-student reunification center location via NCPS' emergency messaging system and local media.
Parents are allowed to pick up their children unless public safety officials have declared a shelter-in-place response, or there is some other reason why the regular dismissal process or access to the school is restricted. During any emergency, school personnel will continue to maintain as safe an environment for children within the school as is possible. During a community event or a natural disaster, school may be the safest place for children.
If authorities determine a school evacuation is necessary, the Reunification process will be activated and parents will be notified where the Reunification Site will be located. Children will not be released to individuals who are not authorized on the student's emergency card or to anyone not listed in the contact information in PowerSchool.
- Anonymous Reporting System Tab and Information (See Sample Word Document Below)
- Standard Safety Terms/Explanations (See Sample Word Document Below)
- Reunification Video
- Reunification Parent Brochure
- Reunification Request Form