Nebraska's Homer Community School is launching TIPS, a web-based incident management and prevention platform from Awareity, Inc. TIPS begins with anonymous (or non-anonymous) incident reporting of bullying, cyber bullying, weapons possession, drug/alcohol use, harassment or intimidation, school vandalism, physical assault, threats of violence, suicide risk, abuse or neglect and other concerning behaviors that can have a negative impact on the learning environment.
If someone has information about activities that may warrant concern for the safety of students, faculty or staff, the individual can access TIPS from the school’s website and report the information. Next, proper personnel from Homer Community School are automatically notified and prevention efforts are securely tracked and documented to ensure accountability and legal defensibility, as well as ongoing monitoring of at-risk situations.
“TIPS will help our school become more aware of student safety incidents and concerning behaviors within the community. When a report comes in through TIPS, administration can immediately investigate the incident and take the necessary steps towards intervention and proactive responding. This new reporting system will help to create a safer and more secure environment for all students and staff at Homer Community School,” said Leah Clark, School Psychologist.