Garland ISD recently introduced its partnership with Anonymous Alerts®, a digital tool students, staff and community members can use to report urgent student concerns to school officials. Although the district has a hotline and an online form available for reporting, this new digital resource allows users to easily submit concerns—including screenshots, photos and videos—via a smartphone, tablet or desktop computer.
“This app provides us with a platform that allows us to communicate with the reporter but still not know who that person is,” said GISD Security Coordinator Kiel Pankonien. “Kids can be afraid that somebody is going to think of them badly for saying something.”
The Anonymous Alerts® app was loaded on to every district-issued iPad and Chromebook, giving staff, as well as all middle and high schoolers, direct access to report anything from bullying to vandalism anonymously. Students, parents and community members are also encouraged to download the free resource on their personal smartphone. To expand the tool’s reach and effectiveness, Anonymous Alerts® worked with the district’s translation services to create a Spanish and Vietnamese version of the app. Reports are monitored by GISD Security 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Download the app today by searching Anonymous Alerts in the Apple App Store or Google Play. Enter the activation code garlandisd when you open the app.