Tennessee Parents Urged to Download the SafeTN App
The “SafeTN” application offers the possibility of reporting potentially dangerous situations in schools and the community.
NASHVILLE, Tennessee — As students return to school in Tennessee, state education officials want to make sure parents are aware of a tool that could help keep your child safe.
It’s the SafeTN app, which parents are encouraged to download first.
Here are examples of some of the common behaviors and incidents to report:
• Sexual misconduct
• Boast of an upcoming planned attack
• Violence or planned violence
• Physical injury or injury to self or others
• Threats of violence
“Every Tennessean has an active role to play in keeping the school safe, and that starts with downloading the Safe TN app,” Governor Bill Lee said. “As students return to school this month, the SafeTN app is an easy way for parents and guardians to quickly and confidentially report safety concerns.”
The app gives anyone the ability to report suspicious or concerning activity anonymously. The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security will review, assess, and then forward all submissions to law enforcement, mental health crisis response teams, and/or school administrators for response based information received.
Over the next few weeks, Governor Lee’s administration will share data and next steps for the recent Executive Decree to improve school safety throughout Tennessee. The executive order calls for the evaluation of school security protocols and law enforcement responses to handle active shooter scenarios.
What does the decree require for the application of the law?
According to the executive order, the Department of Commerce and Insurance (DOCI) is to review current law enforcement training standards that are used to handle active shooter incidents and determine where improvements can be made.
Recommendations and suggestions must be submitted to Governor Lee with an assessment report by July 1.
The order also requires DOCI to evaluate the use of armed security guards in non-public schools, and requires DOCI and the Department of Homeland Security to flag the need for active shooter training for armed guards. .
What does the ordinance require for schools?
The executive order requires schools to tighten up in several areas.
According to Governor Lee’s order, local school districts in Tennessee must release an updated school safety plan template by July 1.
Governor Lee’s executive order also requires every public school to conduct an annual school safety assessment.
The School Safety Plan states that local school districts should identify their specific challenges with school safety, itemize its expenditures on building safety, and additional school safety initiatives that aim to improve or to mitigate identified difficulties with school security, and designate a single point of contact. for school safety matters for each individual district.
The order also directs Tennessee state agencies to provide guidance to local school districts by conducting regular audits of school safety plans, whether the audits are conducted remotely or through random in-person verification visits. by state officials.
Learn more about Governor Lee’s school safety priorities and download the free SafeTN app here.