We believe West Iron County Schools is safe, but no community is immune from the threats of violence and drugs that endanger students and schools in Michigan. To address those concerns and to prepare your child for his or her part in staying safe, West Iron County Schools is sharing this information regarding an OK2SAY program for our students.
OK2SAY is a student safety initiative available to Michigan students in grades K−12 which enables students to confidentially report potential harm or criminal activities aimed at students, teachers, staff, or other school employees.
The nationally recognized program is run through the Michigan State Police, state agencies, schools, local law enforcement, and community mental health. Tips can be submitted 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week.
Last year we installed an icon on every student's school issued device. Teachers showed a brief video message from OK2SAY and how to use the program.
OK2SAY tips have helped thousands of students and saved many lives because students are stepping up and speaking out when they are concerned about a friend or peer. There are 31 tip categories to choose from when submitting a confidential tip. Most tips were related to bullying, cyberbullying, self-harm, anxiety, stress and depression, and suicide. Other top tips include drug/alcohol use, weapon possession, or assault.
Upon receipt of a tip, specially trained OK2SAY technicians address the immediate need and forward the information to the appropriate responding law enforcement agency or organization. Tips go to schools, local law enforcement agencies, community mental health agencies or the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
More information is available on the OK2SAY website.