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Safe2Tell Wyoming Implementation Guide

Implementation Guide

WHAT IS SAFE2TELL WYOMING?

The Safe2Tell Wyoming program is modeled after Safe2Tell Colorado, a prevention strategy operating under the Colorado Attorney Genera's Office, Department of Law. Safe2Tell Colorado was founded in 2004 and is the law-enforcement led competent of School Safety for the state of Colorado. Safe2Tell Colorado has has received thousands of reports and aided in preventing hundreds of separate school attacks, helped prevent youth suicides, and intervened in countless threatening and dangerous situations. The numbers alone show the impact the Safe2Tell solution has on breaking down the code of silence. Sheer increases in the number of tips Colorado has received each year demonstrate the change in culture and attitudes about reporting unsafe behaviors and situations.

The mission of Safe2Tell Wyoming is to ensure that every Wyoming student, parent, teacher and community member has access to a safe and confidential way to report any concerns to their safety or the safety of others, with a focus on early intervention and prevention through awareness and education.


HOW DOES SAFE2TELL WYOMING WORK?

Safe2Tell Wyoming calls, web and mobile app tips are answered 24/7/365 by trained communications professionals at the Wyoming Highway Patrol. Reports are sent to the appropriate school and/or law enforcement agency for investigation and follow-up.

Safe2Tell Wyoming requires a Disposition Report be returned on each tip report, notifying us of the outcome. Disposition reports may be filled out on-line by clicking here.


HOW CAN YOU PARTICIPATE?

It is vital that every school submit their administrative contact information to Safe2Tell Wyoming. This ensures that the correct individuals are notified in the event of a Safe2Tell Wyoming report involving their school. Please fill out the Safe2Tell Wyoming School Contact Form using the online request form or call our administrative office at 307-777-8787 for more information.


HOW IS CONFIDENTIALITY PROTECTED BY LAW?

According to Wyoming state law (W.S.S. 9-1-603(a)(ix) and 9-1-603(e)) the confidentiality of those making Safe2Tell Wyoming reports is protected. It is imperative that those responding to Safe2Tell Wyoming reports abide by the law and seek to protect the reporting party from threats, intimidation or retaliation. The content of Safe2Tell Wyoming reports also is protected from public records requests.

The information in Safe2Tell Wyoming reports belongs directly to the school involved in the pertaining information. Any reports or information contained therein are not shared with any entity requesting that information for public use.

It is recommended that Inter-agency Social Support Teams be implemented to as a means to share information in order to assure a safe environment for students and staff in Wyoming.


HOW SHOULD WE HANDLE SAFE2TELL WYOMING REPORTS?

Your organization should determine the practice and procedure for routinely handling Safe2Tell Wyoming report issues in a confidential and anonymous manner. It should be clear to your staff who will receive, investigate and complete the Disposition report for each Safe2Tell Wyoming tip.

Note that Safe2Tell Wyoming reports will be sent via e-mail to schools and call and fax/email to all law enforcement communication centers. It is important that staff protocols include measures to ensure that students, parents and other staff do not intercept anonymous and confidential Safe2Tell Wyoming reports while volunteering or working in the area a Safe2Tell Wyoming report may be received or printed. For a list of frequently asked questions, suggestions and helpful hints, visit our Frequently Asked Question Page.


HOW CAN WE RAISE AWARENESS IN OUR SCHOOL?

There are two key components to increasing awareness of Safe2Tell Colorado in your school:

1) STAFF AWARENESS & EDUCATION

It is recommended that all staff involved with students at every level be aware and familiar with Safe2Tell Colorado, why it is important for students, and how it works. This not only educates staff on the importance of student issues regarding the code of silence, it also enables them to communicate the need for students to tell in a way that keeps them safe.

Studies show that students perform better academically in safe learning environments where there is a fair and equitable enforcement of the rules and open avenues of communication to report dangerous or threatening behaviors. Furthermore, students thrive when they have at least one caring, committed, pro-social adult involved in their lives. When school personnel reiterate these messages in a strength-based and positive manner, it contributes greatly to a safe school environment. Remember community partnerships also are a valuable tool in reiterating the Safe2Tell Colorado message with a layered, multi-faceted approach.


2) STUDENT AWARENESS AND EDUCATION

While Safe2Tell Wyoming materials in the form of posters, student cards, I.D. badges, banners, student planner reminders, etc. are important tools in providing Safe2Tell Wyoming availability for students, it takes more than a poster on the wall to teach young people the importance of “telling” when they have information that could prevent a tragedy from occurring.

According to the U.S. Secret Service 81% of the time a violent act occurs on school property, at least one student had prior knowledge of the event but failed to report it. Students must learn the importance of taking every threat seriously and reporting it in a way that keeps them safe.

Safe2Tell Wyoming has created free online resources to educate students on the importance of reporting concerns and how to confidentially report to Safe2Tell Wyoming.


For more information about Safe2Tell Wyoming awareness and education resources, call the Safe2Tell Wyoming Administrative Office at 307-777-8787.