Oak Ridge Schools (ORS) is collaborating with the Allies for Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP) of Anderson County and the Oak Ridge Police Department to launch a new 24/7 monitoring program that allows parents and students to anonymously report concerns about student safety.
The program includes an anonymous tip reporting app, which is part of the P3 Campus family of apps designed specifically for use in schools as part of student safety and mental health. Our local version app will be branded AlertORS, and will be available to all students in the Oak Ridge School district on April 2, 2019. Reports can be made through the P3 Campus mobile app or through any web browser at P3Campus.com. A desktop shortcut to the site has been provided on student computers (but our site will not be live before next Tuesday.)
AlertORS will help students and community members be proactive in the emotional and physical well-being of their peers by giving them a tool to make anonymous reports quickly, easily, and interactively. Users can report a wide range of concerns from mental health issues to threats of violence. ORS has designated team members for two-way communication when a tip is reported so that staff members are able to respond to students directly through the P3 Campus app and keep the conversation completely anonymous.
ORS worked closely with Oak Ridge Police Department (ORPD) to establish after-hours monitoring so tips that are designated as “life safety” concerns have monitoring 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. ORPD designated their 911 Dispatch to monitor such after-hours tips and to respond to any such tips.
AlertORS is funded through ASAP of Anderson, a coalition of stakeholders dedicated to preventing substance misuse in our community. ASAP of Anderson supports other Tip programs in Anderson County and felt strongly about funding this program in the Oak Ridge Schools system as well.
“ASAP of Anderson’s mission is to prevent and reduce substance misuse among youth and adults in Anderson County. Similar to the TipText program in other schools in our county, AlertORS will help reduce substance misuse and other safety concerns in Oak Ridge. We are thrilled to collaborate with Oak Ridge Schools and Oak Ridge Police Department on this important program,” said Stephanie Strutner Executive Director of ASAP of Anderson.
For more information about AlertORS or Oak Ridge Schools, contact Kaylyn Hayes at 865-425-9055 or visit www.ortn.edu/alert-ors. To learn more about ASAP of Anderson, visit www.ASAPofAnderson.org or call 865-457-3007.
Press release submitted by Kaylyn Hayes, Administrative Assistant for Title 1 and Safe Schools—Certified Tennessee School Safety Specialist