FBISD Speak Up: FBISD expands communication tools to support students and combat bullying (3/19/2018)
FORT BEND ISD (March 19, 2018) – Fort Bend ISD is expanding its communication tools in order to better support students and help combat bullying. At the beginning of the 2017-18 school year, the Counseling and Postsecondary Readiness Department introduced the FBISD Speak Up initiative, which seeks to promote mental health awareness and suicide prevention by reducing the stigma and fear associated with being an upstander and reaching out for support. As part of FBISD Speak Up, the District is now expanding its communication tools for students, parents and staff to utilize by introducing new web-based and texting reporting tools.
“With recent conversations regarding school safety and mental wellness, we want to give students more ways to speak up for themselves, their friends, and classmates. Being able to easily report something online, by calling, or texting is a great asset for our students to take advantage of in order to ensure our schools are a positive and safe learning environment for everyone,” said Steve Shiels, Director of FBISD’s Counseling & Postsecondary Readiness Department.
While Fort Bend ISD has long promoted its Student Crime Stoppers Hotline and TalkLine, the District’s confidential helpline, the new features will now provide an additional means that students can reach out for support or become an upstander.
Student resources now include:
Let’s Talk! is the District’s online communication software designed to assist parents in engaging with District leaders 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It helps ensure that everyone has the opportunity to be involved in important education and District discussions.
This year, the District is expanding this platform and introducing Let’s Talk! – Bullying, which will allow anyone to confidentially report bullying or concerns about school safety through a secure, online portal. This feature will become active starting Monday, March 19 and will be accessible to anyone by going to www.fortbendisd.com/SpeakUp.
If it is an emergency and something that requires immediate attention, we urge students to call the District’s TalkLine.
TalkLine is the District’s confidential helpline dedicated to the needs of secondary students and elementary students in grades 3-5. Students can call TalkLine for a variety of reasons including: mental health concerns such as depression or suicidal thoughts and issues such as bullying, harassment, arguments, or family problems. The number for TalkLine is 281-240-8255 (TALK). Students can call this number 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
This year, a new texting feature will be added. Students will be able to send a text to a select number, and they will be connected to a crisis counselor. More information on this feature will be sent out in the coming weeks.
Student Crime Stoppers Hotline
Students can also use the Student Crime Stoppers Hotline to report any suspicious or illegal activities that take place on school property. The number for the hotline is 281-491-8477 (TIPS). All calls remain anonymous.