Loudoun County Public Schools and the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office have released a new app, Safe2Talk, that allows LCPS students and parents to submit anonymous tips to the LCSO.
LCPS Director of Safety and Security John Clark announced the new app in an email to parents, saying that student and staff safety is the school system's "highest priority" and that the app will provide an alternative to students and parents who do not wish to directly bring sensitive information to a school employee or public safety official.
"While we prefer that all information is brought directly to the attention of a trusted LCPS staff member or law enforcement officer, we understand that some students and parents may wish to remain anonymous. Safe2Talk provides that ability," Clark wrote.
School officials say Safe2Talk features an user-friendly interface that allows users to specify which school a piece of information might concern and the type of activity or behavior to which the tip pertains. These issues include use or possession of alcohol or drugs, bullying, presence of weapons or explosives and mental health concerns. Users can also upload video or photo evidence.
According to the Safe2Talk web page, all reports through the app are monitored 24/7 by LCSO Emergency Communications Center dispatchers. LCSO patrol deputies and school resource officers will be immediately notified should an imminent threat be made known.
The app, which can be downloaded for free on the Apple App Store and Google Play, is part of the LCPS "See Something, Say Something" campaign, which encourages students and staff to play an active role in monitoring suspicious activity or behavior. Clark asks parents to speak with their children about the app and help them download it onto their devices, as well as download it for themselves.