The N.C. Center for Safer Schools provides topical resource information that may overlap audiences; we make every effort in this section to provide relevant information specific to each group, listed here to the right. For example, some information and links for “Bullying” may be geared specifically for students while other information would be more targeted for teachers, administrators and counselors.
Wake County Memorandum of Understanding for School Resource Officers
Anonymous Tip Reporting Tools, Standards and Guidelines of Any System
The Department of Public Safety is piloting an anonymous safety tip line application named SPK UP NC for receiving anonymous student safety concerns. However, several school districts already have an anonymous reporting mechanism. The Center for Safer Schools recently developed a document titled Anonymous Tip Reporting Tools, Standards and Guidelines of Any System that provides guidance for standardization and best practices in operating these tip-reporting tools.
This document also provides guidance to school districts for developing an anonymous safety tip line application in response to the requirements of legislative directive §115C-105.51.
The Center for Safer Schools developed the SPK UP NC app in response to a concern noted by students, teachers, administrators and law enforcement during community forums, of a need for a standardized method for students to report safety issues to school administrators, teachers and school resource officers.
The SPK UP NC mobile app allows users (who can include students, teachers and parents) to provide tips in categories that include bullying, illegal drug and alcohol use, fighting, weapons and a Report It category for all other types of tips. Students can submit digital photos or videos along with text information from their cell phones directly to the school administrative team and school resource officer. The app allows students, if they choose, to bookmark a tip so that they can follow-up on the status of their tip, or anonymously text back and forth with administrators to provide additional information. Additionally, if a student has a suicide or mental health concern, they can engage the bar that reads Suicide Lifeline and then hit the call button. Those calls will go outside the phone app, and be answered by a trained mental health professional who will talk with the student and determine what further action needs to be taken.
It is the intent of the Department and the Center for Safer Schools to make this application available statewide as funding becomes available. Please see the SPKUP NC section of this website for more information.