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Say Something

  1. If you have an immediate emergency situation, please call 911.
  2. Please provide as much detailed information regarding the incident so that the school administration can adequately respond. 
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Per Mount Airy City Schools Policy 1710/4021/7230, the board acknowledges the dignity and worth of all students and employees and strives to create a safe, orderly, caring, and inviting school environment to facilitate student learning and achievement. The board prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age. The board will not tolerate any form of unlawful discrimination, harassment, or bullying in any of its educational or employment activities or programs.
The “Say Something Anonymous Reporting System” (SS-ARS) program, which fulfills the mandate requirement under 115C-105.51 of NC Law, 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:
  • Recognize the signs and signals of at-risk behaviors – especially within social media
  • Take every sign and signal seriously; act quickly to get help by talking to a trusted adult OR
  • Report it anonymously through SS-ARS 24/7 Crisis Center, mobile app, or website
  • Respond to and manage the submitted tip via multi-disciplinary educator and administrator teams
  • Sustain the curriculum and awareness via student clubs, in-school activities and call-to-action weeks
Our students often are aware of the problems their peers are facing, so we must empower them to know the danger signs and give them the tools to help each other with the assistance of trained and caring adults. SS-ARS teaches them what to look for in text, video and photos while empowering them to act quickly to help a fellow student.  The SS-ARS program is being provided and sustained at no cost to Mount AIry City Schools through Sandy Hook Promise (SHP), a national non-profit organization. More than 7.5 million students and adults have been trained in their signature, evidence-based Know the Signs programs that includes Say Something Anonymous Reporting System (SS-ARS). They have an exceptional track record, reputation, and level of expertise in working effectively with kids, parents, and teachers to improve school safety and culture.
What is the purpose of the SS-ARS app and website?
The Say Something Anonymous Reporting System is a platform and safe space for students and concerned adults to provide information about individuals threatening or displaying at-risk behaviors for potential violence or self-harm.
Is the tipster able to track the progress of the tip?
The “Tipster” cannot track the progress of a tip. The Tipster can only report the concern and then the district/school team, and 911 dispatch officials (as needed) assess, intervene, and get help if needed. No communication is made back to the Tipster unless more information is required.
How does SS-ARS ensure there are no false tips about a student?
Like all tip lines we are subject to prank tips. Of all tips received by the Crisis Center about 3% are deemed to be a prank/hoax tip. The Crisis Center has a thorough vetting process for validity and standard protocol of how false tips are handled.
What are some of the most common tips reported through the app?
• Vaping & Substance Abuse
• Anxiety & Depression
• Cutting
• Bullying/Cyber-Bullying
• Suicide Threat/Ideation
• Planned Fights & School Violence
What protocols are in place to allow for protection of an at-risk student?This program has been adopted by your school district and therefore falls under its existing policies and procedures and/or student handbook guidelines. We strongly recommend that you review these documents and meet with officials to learn more about student protections.
Can parents/guardians use the system to report threats/concerns?
Yes. Parents or guardians can report any threats or concerns they may have heard from their child or be witnessing themselves. There are three ways their concerns can be reported; through the Say Something app (free to download through the App Store and Google Play store), the website at, or by phone at 1-844-5-SAYNOW (or 1-844-572-9669).

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