Irmo High has launched Anonymous Alerts, allowing students and other individuals to quickly and anonymously report urgent information to school officials.
The app, used by schools and districts nationwide,was downloaded on all students’ district-issued iPad minis in April as a pilot program. Its use at Irmo High comes as state legislators consider a bill that would require school districts to develop an online system for anonymously reporting acts of bullying, harassment and other issues. Irmo High is among the of the first schools in the state to pilot the online anonymous reporting system.
The app pilot program was recommended by teachers, Lexington County Sheriff’s Department officials and the school’s student-led Conflict Avoidance Group then vetted through administrative staff. Messages can be submitted anonymously to a school administrator or guidance department staff using a Smartphone or computer. Students can also upload or attach a photo directly from their smartphones, iPad and other devices to accompany the text. All reports remain anonymous, although senders do have the option to include their names during the submission process for a person-to-person discussion.