The Bellefonte Area School District has partnered with Safe School Helpline to provide a way for students, staff and community members to help prevent any threat of harm at our schools. Safe School Helpline is a confidential way for anyone to report information about situations that may impact safety at our schools.
Bellefonte Area School District, in partnership with the state, launched the Safe2Say Something helpline through the Safe2Say Program. The initiative, mandated by state law known as Act 44, is an anonymous reporting system designed to help students and staff recognize warning signs of individuals who may be a threat to themselves or others.
To our community, In light of last night's tragic events in State College, we want to take a moment to reassure you of the safety of your children, our students, when at school. Although there is no longer any danger associated with last night's events, we know the information relayed through the news media can cause anxiety and emotional response. Our hearts go out to the victims and their families. Again, please know our students' safety is our primary concern. Should your child need to talk with a counselor regarding his/her feelings of this recent event, counselors are available to support him/her.
Bellefonte Area School District is pleased to offer its students and community access to the Safe School Helpline. We recognize the need to reach out when you witness a troubling situation or simply need someone to listen. Please feel free to access the helpline at any time.
If you see something, say something! The Safe School Helpline is a convenient, confidential way for anyone to report information about situations that might affect safety at our school. You can call the number any time of the day or night to report concerns about unsafe or potentially disruptive activities or situations including drug or alcohol abuse, weapons, harassment, bullying or threats. All calls are completely confidential.
BASD in conjunction with the State, also offers a second helpline - the Safe2Say Something helpline through the Safe2Say Program .
This program, which is mandated under PA state law / Act 44, teaches students, teachers, and administrators how to recognize warning signs and signals, especially within social media, of individuals who may be a threat to themselves or others and Say Something to a trusted adult OR use its anonymous reporting system. Specifically, the program educates participants to:
The Safe2Say reporting system may be accessed by calling the crisis center at: 1-844-5-SAYNOW
through the website: SAYSOMETHING.NET or the free Mobile app (for either Apple or Android)
Bellefonte Area School District believes it is their responsibility to provide a safe and nondiscriminatory environment for all students. We also believe it is our responsibility to provide information and resources to broaden the knowledge and deepen the understanding of issues that affect our students and our community. Please click here to view the powerpoint presentation from the June 28th School Board meeting. Click here to view the accompanying video and audio to the powerpoint.
You can now donate to the Bellefonte Area School District through the Bellefonte Education Foundation. Please list in the Paypal description where you would like your funds directed to.
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The Bellefonte eLearning Academy (BeLA) provides a form of free public education that students attend from home or from another location outside of a traditional classroom.