As city and school officials in New Rochelle continue reviewing and improving safety measures throughout the district, a new app has been introduced to students that they are hopeful will curtail bullying.In the wake of several violent incidents involving students at the New Rochelle High School, district officials have partnered with the creators of an anti-bullying application in an effort to curtail any further instances.
Following several violent incidents involving students - including the fatal stabbing of a 16-year-old student at the high school - the Board of Education announced earlier this year that it is partnering with Anonymous Alerts, a Westchester County-based company that is “an award-winning anti-bullying and safety reporting mobile app and system for students, community members and staff.”
According to the Board of Education, Anonymous Alerts is a patented anonymous two-way communications system that empowers students to anonymously report bullying and harassment, weapons, drug/alcohol usage and other safety concerns directly to school officials.
The newly activated app "puts the ability to report issues in the palm of a student's hand," officials said. Students and others can download the app in the Apple App Store, Google Play store or the Chrome store. To gain access to the School District’s reporting system, enter login: newrochelleps and password: newrochelleps.
“The new technology at students’ fingertips will help them to anonymously discuss sensitive topics, have compassion for others, and learn self-awareness about issues confronting today’s youth,” officials said when announcing the app. “Administrators will get an app of their own called the Anonymous Alerts Incident Management app to anonymously respond to students, track incidents and take notes.”
“The Board of Education has heard the concerns from our parents and community,” Board President Rachel Relkin stated. “The school district has always strived for increased openness and communication among its students, parents and staff and this app will further the district’s mission.”
“With the development of this partnership, the Board of Education and the school district administration will empower students to be engaged citizens and easily voice any bullying or safety concerns they may have to the school administration,” Schools Superintendent Brian Osborne added.
The system will be monitored from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
In a statement, T. Gregory Bender, President & CEO of Anonymous Alerts said that “we are excited to help encourage students in the City School District of New Rochelle to voice their concerns to school administration and take a stand against bullying or harmful behavior with our cutting-edge technology.”
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