Ankeny Community Schools to Incorporate Bullying Prevention

Ankeny Community Schools will be the first Iowa school district to implement Awareity’s TIPS (Threat assessment, Incident management & Prevention Services) prevention platform. TIPS allows students, teachers, staff, parents and community members to anonymously report concerning behaviors, bullying, cyber bullying, and suicide risks.

According to Chad Bentzinger, Safety and Security Manager for Ankeny Community Schools, “We wanted our students, staff, and community to have a way to report bullying and/or other incidents they were being exposed to. More importantly, we wanted to be sure the platform we utilized would not allow for a single incident to slip through the cracks. Awareity’s TIPS is the answer.”

Those who witness bullying or have concerns about friends, students or others, can visit the Ankeny Schools website and click on "Tips Report Incident" to share their concerns.

Once an incident report is made, the principal and designated staff members are immediately notified and can securely review the report details to begin coordinating an appropriate assessment and response. TIPS provides team members with tools to track and document the actions taken, see related reports, set automated reminders, review past reports and connect the right dots.