I would like parents and students to be aware of a service provided by the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office and available to the patrons of Garfield County. The Sheriff’s Office has an anonymous texting service that allows anyone to report areas of concern. The Sheriff’s Office will be presenting this information to students in our District during an assembly in the next few weeks. We are very excited the Sheriff’s Office and Garfield County Dispatch have made this resource available to our students. Students will be able to anonymously report areas of concern such as threats, bullying, suicide concerns, weapons, vandalism, and abuse to list a few. The process is very simple; students and patrons send a text to 274637 and use the keyword “tipus” and then send your information. The student’s cell phone number will be removed as it travels through a scrubbing service in Canada before it is delivered to Garfield County Dispatch. Dispatch will be able to send a reply back through the scrubbing service in Canada to inquire about additional information. I would personally like to thank the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office for the time and effort they have put into making this resource available to our students. Please watch for the signs around our communities with additional information. Garfield School District has committed to partner with the Garfield County Sheriff’s department by splitting the original start up cost of $2,100 to make the services available to our students.
–Superintendent Ben Dalton