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Moffat County School Board addresses SAFE2TELL

Also at the meeting

At its Thursday meeting, the Moffat County School Board:

• Approved, 5-0, the first reading of policy 5230 regarding school admissions. The policy, first adopted in 1974, concerns documentation and immunizations required for enrollment.

• Approved, 5-0, the first reading of policy 4331 regarding the staff salary schedule. The policy includes rules for reimbursement of travel expenses for continuing education.

• Approved, 5-0, a recent third-party audit of school district finances.

— Board chairwoman Jo Ann Baxter and board member Trish Snyder were absent.

Also at the meeting

At its Thursday meeting, the Moffat County School Board:

• Approved, 5-0, the first reading of policy 5230 regarding school admissions. The policy, first adopted in 1974, concerns documentation and immunizations required for enrollment.

• Approved, 5-0, the first reading of policy 4331 regarding the staff salary schedule. The policy includes rules for reimbursement of travel expenses for continuing education.



• Approved, 5-0, a recent third-party audit of school district finances.

— Board chairwoman Jo Ann Baxter and board member Trish Snyder were absent.

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Moffat County School Board member Tony St. John posed a question at the end of Thursday night’s board meeting.

“Do we know if the SAFE2TELL program is working for our kids?” he asked.

SAFE2TELL is a nonprofit organization that helps students deal with bullying or harassment.

Students who feel threatened can call a toll-free number and lodge an anonymous complaint against their harasser.

The information is then forwarded to the Colorado State Patrol in Denver. From there, the state patrol contacts law enforcement within the jurisdiction of the complaint.

The toll-free number is printed on the back of each student’s identification card within the Moffat County School District.

St. John’s question was prompted by the publication of a parent newsletter written by superintendent Joe Petrone, which Petrone presented to the board earlier in the night.

The newsletter discusses the district’s zero tolerance policy for bullying, and outlines details of the SAFE2TELL program.

“(We) encourage the use of the SAFE2TELL network,” the newsletter states. “SAFE2TELL is designed to help our students anonymously report any threatening behavior that endangers them, their friends, their family or their community.”

Petrone addressed St. John’s question.

“Our understanding is that perhaps some people aren’t using SAFE2TELL because they think the call is going in locally,” Petrone said.

Board member Christine Balderston, who serves as a liaison between the school board and parent advisory councils, said she’s working with parents to spread accurate information among students now that she’s aware of the misconception.

Although the difference between the misconception and reality may seem slight, Balderston said the error is significant.

Balderston said the oversight provided by the state patrol is valuable because it ensures each call will be taken seriously at the state level. And, the anonymity of the call provides protection for otherwise vulnerable victims.

Petrone said the program is not new.

“SAFE2TELL is an option that’s been available in the district since before I arrived,” he said.

However, he wants to make sure it’s being utilized to its fullest potential.

“We believe we’ve created conditions for students to report bullying, but we can never rest until we’re sure that kids are completely comfortable coming forward and letting us know,” he said.

St. John said he was grateful the issue was being addressed.

The toll-free number for SAFE2TELL is 877-542-7233.


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