KINGSPORT, Tenn. (WJHL)- Reporting concerns about bullying, drug use, mental health, and more just got simpler for students in Kingsport City Schools. Starting this week, KCS will be using a reporting tool called P3 Campus.
This new method of online tip management is being promoted across all elementary, middle, and high schools.
School administrators say a major benefit of P3 Campus is students can now remain anonymous when reporting concerns.
“It doesn’t have to be anonymous, a student can identify themself. But I think we’ve found that having that option is something that our community wants,” said assistant superintendent Andy True.
“It gives people a comfort level to know that it is anonymous,” said Jim Nash, chief student services officer for KCS. “They’re not going to be put in a challenging position. They can give that information, and even if they need to give us additional information when we need clarification, that still remains anonymous.”
KCS had used another online tipping system in past years. But as the types of issues affecting students change, reporting technology does as well.
“We had no way through that older model to be able to have a communication,” said True. “The product now that is available on the market allows for an anonymous, two-way communication flow.”
When students submit through P3 Campus, their report is forwarded straight to district and school administrators, as well as resource officers. Students can send tips about an array of different concerns.
“The majority of [our concerns] are more behavioral,” said Nash. “Often we’ll get things regarding smoking, vaping. It could be at times drug use, safety issues, or mental health issues.”
True and Nash said these mental health concerns can be forwarded to school guidance counselors so students receive the attention they need.
The school district is also working with the Kingsport Police Department so officers can respond in more extreme cases.
“Let’s say someone submitted a tip regarding a mental health issue and a possible suicidal ideation at two in the morning,” said Nash. “They could go to the person’s home, or wherever the need could occur. So in a life-threatening situation, we have 24-hour monitoring.”
KCS has been putting up different posters advertising P3 Campus in schools. Students can scan QR codes on these posters to bring up tip forms on their phones. The form can also be accessed on the KCS website and through a downloadable app. When submitting concerns, administrators ask students to be as specific as possible.
“We need to know what period, what time of day, who the teacher is, to help us narrow it down,” said Nash. “It leads to a more prompt response, a more thorough response, where we can address those needs.”
Despite the system just being rolled out this week, Nash said it’s already been used by students.
“We’re still getting accustomed to it,” he said. “But we’ve had quick response on the school end where a tip was issued and addressed in a very timely fashion, and appropriately.”
You can view the P3 Campus tip form for Kingsport City Schools here.