Dear Parents and Guardians,
RSU 21 has been working with Sandy Hook Promise throughout this school year to help implement procedures to keep our students and school safe. Initiatives such as Start With Hello and Say Something are a part of our Sandy Hook Promise work. Back in September, all schools in RSU 21 supported the Start With Hello initiative, a week of activities encouraging our students and staff to promote acceptance and inclusion of everyone in our schools.
Today at MSK we hosted Brendan Rainey, a presenter from the organization Sandy Hook Promise. This student assembly focused on empowering students to share information with trusted adults when they see concerning behaviors from peers.
Students were taught to:
Look for signs, signals, and threats
Act immediately, and take it seriously
Students are encouraged to “Say Something” to a trusted adult or to use an anonymous reporting system that can be accessed through their app on Android or Apple devices, online at www.saysomething.net, or by calling 1-844-5-SAYNOW.
If you would like more information, please feel free to watch a recording of the parent forum, hosted by RSU 21 several weeks ago in the KHS auditorium: https://www.ustream.tv/recorded/117462872
You may also review the presentation materials shared with students today using this link.
As a result of our assembly today, many students have been able to download the Say Something app and can begin reporting and looking out for each other. The assembly today created some appreciation by our students, as it provided them with a useful tool to help keep their peers and school safe. However, due to the sensitive nature of the content, some heightened feelings were also brought to the forefront. To deal with these feelings, MSK brought in additional counselors today to ensure that students were supported throughout this process.
We provide you with this information in an effort to encourage you to work together with us as we help students implement this new program. Parents are also able to download the app and make anonymous reports in an effort to help protect our students, school, and community. Please reach out to us with any questions or concerns you may have as we move forward with this researched based initiative.
Marty Bouchard, Principal
Margaret Parkhurst, Assistant Principal