Verona Area School District implements new anonymous safety tip line

In an effort to build better relationships with students, staff and parents, and to provide a more inclusive safety protocol, the Verona Area School District implemented a new safety tip line system at the beginning of the school year.

In addition to adding more security staff on campus, Verona Area School District security coordinator Corey Safford said the new system is the district’s effort to increase safety.

“I think that whatever you can put in place to help save lives, go ahead and put it in place,” he said.

Safford said in this day and age, there is no guarantee of anyone’s safety anymore. But Safford said he is doing what he can with the students he sees every day to provide as many safety protocols as possible.

“Unfortunately this is the new America. This is our new reality,” Saffold said. Saffold and other school administrators hope this tip line never has to be used, but Safford said he would rather be safe than sorry.

“It’s scary, but times are changing,” he said. “If the tip line wasn’t in place, and that wasn’t there, would the student have shared that? And then what would have happened as a result of us not getting that information?”

Students can call, text or email the tip line anonymously if they see or hear something involving violence, weapons, drugs, etc. District administrators get a notification on their phones that a tip has been submitted and decide how to proceed from there.

“I think it should be in any school. It can’t hurt, right?” Saffold said.

For more information about the safety tip line, you can read about it here.

Students, parents and staff can email tips to 1817@alert1.us, text 608-888-9065 or visit the website at http://1817.alert1.us.

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