Lincoln Lutheran Schools are committed to student safety and understand that in order for students to achieve academically, they must feel secure and comfortable in their learning environment. To proactively prepare for the 2014 fall school year, Lincoln Lutheran implemented Awareity’s TIPS (Threat Assessment, Incident Management and Prevention Services).
TIPS is an innovative web-based platform that empowers school administration to improve ongoing awareness and proactively connect the dots with teachers, staff, students, parents, and community members.
How it works: if you witness bullying on the school bus, on line, at school, observe a student making threats, or have concerns about friends, students or others, simply go to the Lincoln Lutheran Schools website and click on the TIPS REPORT INCIDENT button, select the appropriate incident type, share the information you know and SUBMIT.
Once an incident report is made, the school principal and designated staff members are immediately notified and can securely review the report details to begin coordinating an appropriate assessment and response. TIPS provides all team members with the right tools to track and document the actions taken, see related reports, set automated reminders, review past reports and connect the right dots so students or incidents are not overlooked.
“TIPS is helping us become more aware of potential threats and incidents; if a student doesn’t feel comfortable confiding in a teacher or adult at school, this is a way for them to still share their concerns with us.” says Executive Director Scott Ernstmeyer. “If something happens to you or another student at school that day, you can go home, discuss it with your parents and then go online and fill out a report. Your report is immediately routed to the appropriate personnel and TIPS will hold our administrative team accountable for responding in a timely and proactive manner.”
Students and parents can report:
– Bullying – Suspected Abuse – Cyberbullying
– Violence – Threats to Harm – Drug/Alcohol Abuse
– Self-harm/Suicide – Weapons – Discrimination
TIPS also allows students and their families to give a “Warrior Shout Out” to recognize those who have performed an act of kindness or servant leadership within the school community.
The TIPS platform is being utilized in schools across the nation and has empowered schools to intervene and prevent multiple suicides and tragedies. Prior to many incidents, there are warning signs, unusual behaviors or plans being made. With TIPS, at-risk individuals can get the help they need and the Lincoln Lutheran School community can work together to help ensure a safe and secure learning environment for all.