Henrico Schools using “Anonymous Alerts” system to improve communication about safety concerns

Henrico Schools using “Anonymous Alerts” system to improve communication about safety concerns

The free tool establishes encrypted, anonymous two-way communication between those submitting reports and administrators, and allows those using the system to include photos, screenshots, and videos with their reports.

Henrico County Public Schools has a new way for those who see something to say something. Students, parents and guardians, staff and community members now have access to an app and website called “Anonymous Alerts” to communicate with school administrators. The system provides a new way to voice safety concerns – from threats and bullying to worries about classmates who may be depressed.

The free tool establishes encrypted, anonymous two-way communication between those submitting reports and administrators, and allows those using the system to include photos, screenshots, and videos with their reports.

A mobile app is available for download for iOS and Android devices, and an app is also available for Chromebook laptops from the Chromebook Store. Users can choose from multiple languages. Students and others making reports can also use HCPS’ Anonymous Alerts website, available here. Each HCPS school’s webpage also includes a link to the site.

Using the system, school administrators will not only be able to engage in anonymous two-way communication with those submitting reports, but they can also get incident reports in real-time and analyze trends.

The app and website replace Henrico County Public Schools’ previous anonymous safety reporting system called “Silence Hurts.” That system was not available as an app and did not allow two-way communication or the ability to include photos, screenshots, and videos.

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