Field Pride and Text a Tip
Welcome to our mini-message of the day as we continue to welcome you back to school. When students return to school they will go through stations and/or lessons in order to teach them our building wide expectations, which we call our “Field Pride”. Field Pride stands for
We know that setting a positive tone is essential for a great school year. Stations included things like bus expectations, dress code, technology and cell phone expectation, procedures for coming and leaving school, after school expectations, etc. All stations are run by school staff.
One station is our Text-A-Tip station. In this day and age of young adolescents struggling with depression, bullying, social struggles, suicide ideation, drug and alcohol abuse, difficult family situations or any of the other many challenges they face today, we are committed to ensuring students have the tools to ask for help for themselves or others at all times.
A tool our students can use is a text messaging system to reach out for help for themselves or friends at any time of day or night. Text-a-Tip allows students--and parents-- to find anonymous, immediate help if they are struggling with drug or alcohol abuse, depression, difficult family situations, bullying, etc Text-a-Tip is a community wide initiative that includes District 225 and the other local middle schools because we are all committed to supporting our students. Text-A-Tip is staffed with local counselors provided by LEAD (Linking Efforts Against Drugs), a non-profit organization focused on promoting healthy family relationships http://www.leadingefforts.org/ and preventing alcohol and drug use and other risky behaviors by youth.
Students will receive a sticker with information on how to connect with Text-A-Tip, as well as information on how Text-A-Tip works. This information will also live on our website. Anyone who texts “FIELD” to 1-844-823-5323 will receive an immediate text response from a trained, professional counselor provided by LEAD (Linking Efforts Against Drugs). The response team consists of licensed/certified mental health professionals from The Child, Adolescent, and Family Recovery Center in Lake Bluff. They are local clinicians who already understand the needs of our communities.
Thanks to a system that routes calls through a cloaking server, texters are completely anonymous, allowing individuals freedom to reach out for help without fear. In the case of a life-threatening condition, emergency responders will be notified and be given as much information as is available to help the person in need. Text-A-Tip is available for communication of any kind of concern, though it is primarily intended for community members to use when they need immediate mental health assistance or have a drug/alcohol abuse concern for themselves or a friend. Please note that adults can also use the service to report concerns. We encourage anyone who has identified a concern to immediately reach out for help for themselves or others.
Our students are also encouraged to reach out to a trusted adult at school, such as a teacher, social worker, or psychologist if they need any support. Please contact me if you have any questions about Text-A-Tip, and thank you for your continued support of our students.
In addition, our our website there is an anonymous Bully Reporting Form that goes directly to Dr. Murphy and Mr. Milano, who will begin an investigation as we take all bullying seriously.