New School Bullying Hotline for Nevada Students
Students can use the SafeVoice tool to report concerns about their friends or themselves by calling 833-216-SAFE or downloading the SafeVoice app.
Every school in Nevada is now interconnected into the SafeVoice Communications Center – 24 hours per day, seven days per week.
“SafeVoice includes and goes beyond bullying to create a confidential way to also report threats of school violence and friends at risk of suicide, self-harm, drugs and more,” said Christy McGill, Nevada Department of Education Director of the Office for a Safe and Respectful Environment. “It is another door in the no wrong door approach to student wellness and school safety. It is intended to be a tool for schools and districts to integrate into their systems of student supports.”
Students can use the SafeVoice tool to report concerns about their friends or themselves by visiting www.safevoicenv.org, calling 833-216-SAFE or downloading the SafeVoice app.
SafeVoice was the brainchild of former State Senator Debbie Smith and enacted into law in 2017 by legislation sponsored by Senator Heidi Gansert.
Nevada’s DPS Investigation Division manages the SafeVoice Communications Center which is aligned with the Nevada Threat Analysis Center.
“Student safety is a priority,” said James Wright, Nevada Department of Public Safety Director. “Since the inception of the program, our Communications Specialists have received over 2,500 tips, and by working together with the Department of Education, local and school law enforcement agencies, and the individual County School Districts, we have helped save lives.”
After the SafeVoice Communications Center fields a tip and determines the engagement level of law enforcement, it then passes along the information to the school team that by Nevada law is comprised of a school administrator, counselor and or a social worker. The school team will then determine how to best respond using existing school protocols.
(Department of Education contributed to this report.)