KATY (Covering Katy News) – When students are victimized or have knowledge of safety issues, fear or confusion may discourage them from telling school personnel or a police officer. The Katy Independent School District is encouraging students, parents and community members to anonymously report tips or information about potential safety threats through the district’s new SpeakUP reporting mobile application.
The new app is one of many ways the district is fostering engagement and developing customized resources that adapt to the needs of a growing school district with changing demographics.
The SpeakUP mobile device app was developed for the Katy ISD school community to anonymously submit safety and well-being tips to help prevent campus related incidents that could cause harm to others. Tips can be on bullying, weapons, self-harm, illicit drug use, inappropriate relationships, violence or a number of other concerns.
Last year, Katy ISD successfully debuted a Bullying Tip Line submission process that was featured on the Katy OnTheGo app. Prior to the school year ending, the Tip Line had been accessed more than 130,000 times.
During this past summer, the District designed and developed the SpeakUP app to offer a wider range of reporting capabilities, including over 40 different safety related categories. The improved reporting app even allows students to attach a video or photo evidence that supports the tip as well as receive updates on their submission.
All tips are thoroughly investigated by campus personnel, police and/or a crisis management team. Katy ISD believes that the app will be an excellent additional tool to help support the emotional well-being of students and provide safe learning environments for all.
See video of the app below. Video courtesy of Katy ISD.