The Ysleta Independent School District (YISD) announced Thursday the introduction of a new communications system, Anonymous Alerts, which makes it easy for students and parents to quickly and confidentially report bullying and other sensitive incidents to school administrators.
“We believe the best way to address student problems is through personal contact with a teacher, administrator, psychologist, or counselor,” said YISD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Xavier De La Torre. “However, we understand there may be instances where a student or parent would prefer to communicate anonymously. Anonymous Alerts affords our students and parents the opportunity to speak up about harmful behavior without fear of retribution.”
To help launch Anonymous Alerts, YISD is encouraging all stakeholders to participate in “Download Day” on Friday, December 1, which calls for students, staff, and parents to download the free Anonymous Alerts app from the iPhone or Google Play store.
With the app, users will be able to send anonymous and encrypted private messages to school administrators on urgent or sensitive topics, such as bullying, self-harm, family difficulties, weapons, drug/ alcohol abuse, dating violence, depression, or gang-related issues, among others.
Via a news release, YISD officials add “Both the app and online forms are available in English or Spanish and all reports remain completely anonymous, though users have the option to reveal their identity if they prefer to have a person-to-person discussion…the program is monitored from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the school year, and should only be used for serious and urgent matters.”
A parent letter has been sent to all YISD homes with a code and password to activate their Anonymous Alerts mobile app.
Students and parents also have the option to submit confidential online reports by clicking on the “Anonymous Alerts” button on the district’s main webpage.
For more information visit Anonymous Alerts.