Statewide safety tipline logs a surge in signups — and calls

A statewide safety tipline is reaching more schools this fall.

All told, 309 traditional and charter schools have signed up for the See Tell Now! tipline — up about one third from the previous year.

The growth in signups also translates into an increase in tips. In 2022-23, the tipline logged more than 460 calls. In 27 cases, students said they were worried about their own mental health, or the welfare of a classmate.

“Students know what’s going on with other students and being able to intercede and provide support early on in the process, is really what we are trying to do,” said Mike Munger, manager of the State Board of Education’s School Safety and Security program. “We don’t want to wait until it becomes so severe that the concern becomes an emergency.”

In 2019, the first year of the tipline, only 64 calls came in.

Students can reach See Tell Now! by phone, at 888-593-2835, through the website, or through an Apple or Android app.

The 2022 Legislature provided permanent funding for the tipline, which is free to schools.

Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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