Deployment of the Safe Schools Louisiana app in 5 additional parishes

ALEXANDRIA, Louisiana (KALB) – Now rolled out to more than 500 schools in parishes statewide, with five more parishes recently added to the coverage list, the Safe Schools Louisiana app offers students a way to report concerns anonymously.

The app and program are a complementary resource for school communities that provide students with the ability to communicate anonymously about a pressing school, criminal or mental health issue.

Students can leave a tip, check tip status, add more information to existing tips, and create new tips. They can also upload photos, screenshots, videos, and audio.

Rapides is one of five parishes recently added to the app’s coverage areas. Once the school system completes the onboarding process, the app will be available for free use.

The app was developed by Crimestoppers of Greater New Orleans, in partnership with the Louisiana Department of Education and the Louisiana State Police. They work with local and regional law enforcement, social services and designated school administrators to keep students safe.

“A school’s administration team is made up of that school system or the school in question, and we always make sure we have someone from law enforcement on that team. And then we have on the other end of that, we ask for someone from counseling services,” said Darlene Cusanza, president and CEO of Crimestoppers of Greater New Orleans.

Submissions through the app are monitored and administrators are immediately notified of the engagement. When there is a life safety issue, the entire Safe School team is contacted for immediate response and intervention.

Rapides Parish Designated Administrators began training to use the app in August 2022 for rollout in the 2022-23 school year.

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