SPRINGFIELD — SPS is providing an easy way for students, parents, and staff to alert officials of a security concern.
Springfield Public School officials are offering peace of mind to parents and students through a new way to communicate.
Over the past few years, Springfield Public Schools has put a great emphasis on school security, and a new resource they have come up with is now accessible right at your fingertips.
Walking through a high school these days, you are likely to see students attached to their cell phones… and Springfield Public Schools Director of Student and Staff Services Bret Range says the district is taking full advantage of that.
“We know secondery students, texting is kind of their way of communicating in 2018, so we feel that they will use it when they feel is amiss and they need to report something,” Range says.
The district’s school police force are the ones who recieve those threats and make sure they are properly taken care of.
“The tips will come in to that dispatch center, we have officers in that dispatch center. We have officers in that dispatch center that will evaluate those tips, and then we push those back out to the appropriate district level administrator and also the building principal, either at the elementary level or the secondery level,” says Range.
A big draw to this system is convenience. Glendale High School Principle Natalie Cauldwell is hopeful the ease of sending an anonymous text encourages students to do the right thing.
“They don’t want to be known as the person who ratted someone out, and so providing that anonimity and the ease for kids — if it’s not instantaneous and it’s not easy, they probably aren’t going to do it,” Cauldwell says.
With an avenue to do things quickly, easily, and anonymously, there are now eyes all over the place to prevent trouble.
“We are just asking kids to be upstanders, and not bystanders,” says Cauldwell.
The text line is monitored 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Students, staff or parents, are encouraged to call or text if they see something that is concerning.
That number is 417-319-2901.