How Sand Springs Public Schools uses the STOPIt app
In December 2018, Sand Springs Public Schools in Oklahoma rolled out the STOPIt app so students and parents could anonymously report incidents and communicate with administrators.
Each school has assigned administrators who receive messages on their smartphones from the anonymous bullying reporting app.
These officials have access to a shared map where they can see when anonymous texts come in and who has responded.
“They can also view the conversation in real time between the administrator who responded and the anonymous person,” says JJ Smith, chairman for safe and healthy schools at Sand Springs.
The district’s policy is to respond to a message within the same day it is received. “If you don’t, students may stop using the app,” says Smith who is also principal of Central Ninth Grade Center. “So we make sure that we respond to it pretty quickly.”