For Immediate Release
January 27, 2021
For More Info: Brandon.Shope@nhcs.net
New Hanover County Schools is continuing to expand efforts to create safe learning environments for all students with the implementation of Gaggle, an email safety management platform. Designed to proactively protect students and ensure that they are safely and correctly using school-provided digital tools, Gaggle will monitor district email accounts for students in grades 2-12 for harmful content and alert school officials to signs of self-harm, depression, thoughts of suicide, substance abuse, cyberbullying, credible threats of violence against others, or other harmful situations.
The Gaggle safety management solution uses a combination of artificial intelligence and trained safety experts to provide real-time analysis and review of students’ use of online tools within the NHCS G Suite. With this solution, NHCS can proactively identify students who are struggling, provide support where needed, and create a safer school environment.
“Implementation of Gaggle is one of the numerous initiatives New Hanover County Schools is putting in place to support student safety,” says Superintendent Dr. Charles Foust. “I am confident that this tool will be beneficial for our children’s well-being and will save lives across the county by preventing students from harming themselves or others.”
Other initiatives being implemented include the Ethix 360 and Say Something complaint reporting systems which are available 24/7. Tips and complaints can be sent in by phone and online. In addition, training initiatives like Bringing in the Bystander, Safer Smarter Kids, Darkness to Light, and Shifting Boundaries are working to educate students and staff on how to create a safer learning environment for everyone. Bringing in the Bystander empowers adults to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse through awareness, education, and stigma reduction. Shifting Boundaries helps students understand boundaries and behaviors that are not acceptable.
The district continues to make student safety a top priority and funding has been increased in the past year to ensure adequate resources are provided. In addition to a new director, a Title IX investigator was hired within the past six months to ensure each case is given the attention it deserves. NHCS also partners with organizations such as Coastal Horizons and The Carousel Center to provide additional resources and programs.
For a demonstration of Gaggle and an in-depth interview, members of the media may contact Brandon.Shope@nhcs.net.