Corpus Christi (KIII News) — The Gregory-Portland Independent School District is continuing its effort to enhance security on all seven of their school campuses.
This week, the district rolled out a new way to anonymously report concerns or suspicious activity, and it's not just for students. The district went live with the new app called Anonymous Alerts this week, and anyone can use it -- even parents.
At Stephen F. Austin Elementary School in Gregory, Texas, you can find posters in the hallways letting students know about the app. It's something they can download to their smart phones or even their tablets. Once open, it can call or send a report on anything from bullying to strange behavior.
The app allows the district to send messages back and give notifications all while protecting the caller.
GPISD Superintendent Paul Clore said it's one more way to ensure students are safe while in school.
"In this day and age, given the environment we now find ourselves working in, it's very important for this type of openness and this kind of process and ease of access for anyone in the public who has information they feel we need to know," Clore said.
Gregory Police Chief Tony Cano was at the school Wednesday as School Resource Officer Charles Green gave kids high fives during their costume parade. Their presence is yet another way the district has stepped up safety and security, with officers placed at each campus.
Effective this school year, the district has also added a Director of Safety, a brand new position.
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