November 22nd Announcement

Dear Gryphon Families:

Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy is committed to fostering a sustaining & comprehensive, coordinated effort to improve the overall safety and well-being of our students, educators, and administrators.  It is our belief that to achieve this goal we must involve community-wide programs and initiatives involving parents, teachers, administrators, local law enforcement, mental health & wellness professionals and elected officials to take meaningful action to protect our students.  It is with this goal in mind that we are reaching out to you today.

We are happy to announce the launch fo the “Say Something Anonymous Reporting System” (SS-ARS).  This program was initiated by the Sandy Hook Promise, a national non-profit organization. The Sandy Hook Promise was founded and led by several family members whose loved ones were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012.  Based in Newtown, Connecticut, the intent of the program is to honor all victims of gun violence by turning tragedy into a moment of transformation by providing programs and practices that protect children and prevent the senseless, tragic loss of life.

The SS-ARS allows students to submit secure & anonymous safety concerns to help identify and intervene with potentially at-risk individuals before they hurt themselves or others.  Tips are routed through the Crisis Center where trained professional counselors conduct a triage to collect information anonymously and to determine the appropriate response. As tips are processed by the Crisis Center, information is relayed to our School Level Response Team and to local first responders, if deemed necessary.  The program has an exceptional track record, reputation, and level of expertise in working effectively with kids, parents, and teachers to improve school safety and culture.

A representative from the Sandy Hook Promise will be on campus Monday morning to explain the SS-ARS to our students and teachers and demonstrate how to report a tip.  This mandated program is being rolled out in all secondary schools across the state and is under the direct leadership of our founder, Joe Maimone. The SS-ARS program is an innovative and proactive means of supporting our students and enhancing school safety.  We anticipate that the SS-ARS will help stop school shootings, suicides, and gun threats; it will help reduce bullying and cyberbullying; help intervene upon cutting, drug use, racial conflicts, and other violent and victimization acts.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us directly.

Thank you,

 

School Level Response Team

Say Something Brochure

The Say Something Anonymous Reporting System Video 

 

School Level Response Team Members

Dianna Bridges, Principal

Michael Fair, Assistant Principal

Jennifer Powell, HS Guidance Counselor

Kaylie Lemmon, MS Guidance Counselor

Joy Blanton, School Nurse