Georgia District Rolls Out Anonymous Communication Tool
Georgia's Franklin County School District will launch an anonymous messaging and emergency notification system to students, faculty, and staff for the 2007/2008 school year using AnComm's Talk About It offering, which is currently used by more than 100 schools nationwide.
The system provides a Web-based message center personalized for each school where students can log in with a confidential access code to send an anonymous online message to a specific faculty member. Students can connect via computer, PDA, wireless device, or cell phone. The system notifies faculty members in real time, prompting them to log in and retrieve the message so that they can immediately provide help, guidance, and counseling.
Since the system is anonymous, students should feel more conformable communicating without fear of retribution or embarrassment. "We are very excited that our middle school students will have another vehicle to report bullying, weapons, and personal problems such as depression and loneliness," said Lucy Floyd, principal of Franklin County Middle School, in a prepared statement.
Additionally, the system also provides tools for disseminating emergency e-mail and text message alerts and communications to students, faculty, and parents
The district was able to roll out the service using local funds, as well as Federal funds provided under the Title IV Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act. The act supports programs that prevent violence in and around schools and foster drug-free learning environments.
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