VCSC Moves to Increase Student Protection

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The Vigo County School Corporation has announced two new campaigns that will help protect and put students at ease.

The P-3 Campus program is a free app that can be downloaded on any smartphone.

“It is basically an anonymous reporting system for students and parents to report anything about any concern about safety to the school or safety of another child,” said Sheriff Greg Ewing.

Once logged in and registered a student or parent can report and send pictures of any sort of questionable behavior.

The app is customizable to school and category of the incident.

Within the app tipsters can even tag a person’s social media handles like Snapchat, Twitter or Facebook.

“When we’ve had a school tragedy where you know they go back and start looking at their social media feeds. And you’ve got some you know indications, you know. Whether it’s a student holding guns or even in a suicide situation where they’ve posted something for somebody to see,” said Sheriff Ewing.

The P-3 program isn’t the only improvement on the table this fall.

Director of Student Services, Dr. Tom Balitewicz also announced a texting program that will alert parents and students of any school related updates, like snow days.

“A text could go out report cards are going out today and you’ll see that right on your phone,” said Dr. Balitewicz.

Parents and guardians can register for the program by filling out phone numbers on the emergency contact form, which will be filed within the school system, “This is the easiest way to communicate with people in terms of a short message”.

Both programs are voluntary and begin on November first.

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