HCSD announces safe schools hotline


Humboldt High School Assistant Principal Abby Horbach announced that Humboldt Community School has a 24-hour, 7-day a week hotline where people can anonymously report wrongdoing or concerns via website, text or phone. The Safe School helpline has 24/7 mental health crisis counselors to help troubled students.

The Humboldt Community School District this week is unveiling a Safe School hotline service.
The service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It allows the school community to anonymously report wrongdoing or concerns via website, text or phone. There is also a mobile application for Apple and Android phones and tablets.
The service will monitor, transcribe, evaluate, translate and send the verbatim reports back to the school district’s officials.
“They transcribe the tips as they come in and follow up immediately in emergency situations. It is important to note they also allow follow-up questions with the anonymous tipster,” Humboldt assistant principal Abby Horbach said.
“So you ask investigative questions to the tip provider to get the who, what, where and when of a situation. The reports are sent to administration or counselors either by phone or email, depending on the severity. They also are able to alert the law enforcement center in heightened situations such as suicide and safety,” Horbach said.
The Safe School helpline has 24/7 mental health crisis counselors to help troubled students who are suicidal, bullied or simply having a tough time. Importantly, the members of the counseling staff meet the two major suicide-counseling qualifications, which are QPR (https://qprinstitute.com/research-theory and ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training), an intensive, interactive and practice-dominated course designed to help caregivers recognize and review risk and intervene to prevent the immediate risk of suicide.
“It is by far the most widely used, acclaimed and researched suicide intervention training workshop in the world,” Horbach said.
“Parents will also be sent information through Infinite Campus and it will be given to the hospital, LEC and Berryhill Treatment Center,” Horbach said.
The website is: https://www.safeschoolhelpline.com/.

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