LISD security is revamped with Anonymous Alerts system

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In order to revamp school security, Leander ISD has recently activated a new feature called Anonymous Alerts. Using the system, students, parents and even staff-members alike can anonymously submit anything they deem as important, suspicious or dangerous activity throughout all of the schools in LISD.
When a complaint is submitted, the message is delivered directly to the respective assistant principal or counselor. Submissions may include reports of threats, bullying, cheating, self-harm, vandalism, substance usage on campus and more. The system can be accessed on the homepage of LISD website.
“Since we don’t have eyes and ears everywhere, we can’t be everywhere, especially with 2000 kids on the campus,” counselor Peggy Morisset said. “It’s a team effort because if students and teachers are aware of something they need to let administration know.”
The system is monitored from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. throughout the regular school week. Any complaints received outside of that time frame will thereby be dealt with at the start of the following school day.
“If they know something is going on, let us know.” assistant principal Mike Haase said. “Our kids do pretty well at that, but a little bit better would be nice.”
Although students are highly encouraged to use the system for time sensitive matters, they are urged to call 911 in cases of extreme emergency. Though Anonymous Alerts provides a quick way to report things, students are also encouraged to use the Campus Crime Stoppers and to stop by to see APs and counselors in person.
“Remain alert. If you know something that’s going on, something that’s not safe—either not safe to themselves or safety of others—let a counselor know,” Haase said. “You guys are the eyes and ears of the school; you’re out there.”
Although users are asked to report real issues, they should also be reminded that false submissions will not be tolerated when using the system, and any false reports will be dealt with using the full extent of the law.
“I think that some people are afraid that there might be retaliation if someone finds out that they’re the one that reported,” Morisset said. “It could be a way to get help without actually coming in.”

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