Anonymous Alerts anti-bullying mobile app now available to students, families

on April 16, 2018

Students, parents and community members now have a new way to anonymously alert administrators and safety personnel of instances of bullying or other negative student related activity. The Anonymous Alerts mobile app and web-based system helps combat bullying and other negative activity in schools by empowering students, parents and community members to speak up. The district will be piloting the Anonymous Alerts anti-bullying and safety app and web-based reporting system at the high school and middle school levels and anticipates a district wide launch in the 2018-19 school year.

The system allows for one-way or two-way anonymous encrypted communications between submitters (students, parents or community members) and district administration and/or school staff. Users will be able to submit an anonymous report regarding any suspicious activity, bullying or other student related issues to the appropriate building level administrator directly from an iPhone or iPad, smart phone, tablet or computer. Users of the system have the option to remain anonymous or reveal their identity when submitting a report.

Message topics may include student bullying, depression, family difficulties, drug and alcohol problems, sexual harassment, guns or other weapons in school or unusual student behavior that may warrant immediate attention by school officials or police. The encrypted information, including attached images if appropriate, is sent immediately through private messaging.

“This is another extension of our ‘See Something, Say Something’ message to all members of the Monroe-Woodbury community. We continue to look for ways to help our students and families communicate issues of concern,” said M-W Superintendent of Schools Elsie Rodriguez. “We encourage students and community members to report important issues, but we need everyone to understand that this program is to be used only for serious, documentable action. Any false reporting will be taken very seriously,” added Rodriguez.

This system will be monitored between the hours of 7 am to 5 pm during the school year when school is in session. Any reports submitted outside of these hours or during holidays will be responded to during the next normally scheduled school day. As always, please call 9-1-1 in case of an emergency.

Please be aware that false reporting will be taken seriously to the full extent of the law.

There are two ways to use the program. For those who wish to submit a report from their smartphone, they can download the Anonymous Alerts® app for free by visiting the Apple, Google Play, or  Chrome stores. Building administrators will be providing login information specific to Monroe-Woodbury to all students .

Users also have the option of sending reports via the Web/Internet. Please visit https://www.anonymousalerts.com/mwcsd/ or visit the M-W High School home page or the M-W Middle School home page and click on the Anonymous Alerts button in the right margin. Once you complete the contact form on the web page and submit the information, you will receive a confirmation from the school district.

For more information and FAQ, please visit the Anonymous Alerts page on the district website.

If you have questions related to Anonymous Alerts, please contact Monroe-Woodbury High School Principal John Kaste at jkaste@mw.k12.ny.us or Monroe-Woodbury Middle School Principal Mike Maesano at mmaesano@mw.k12.ny.us.  Again, this service is offered at the high school and middle school. If you have concerns related to elementary school incidents, please contact your building principal directly.

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