The Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District is pleased to introduce a new communications tool called Anonymous Alerts®.
What is the Anonymous Alerts app?
The Anonymous Alerts anti-bullying and safety app reporting system helps combat bullying and other negative activity in schools by empowering students to speak up. Social and peer pressure are some of the hardest obstacles for students to overcome.
The system allows for 1-way or 2-way anonymous encrypted communications between submitters (students, parents or community members) and district administration and/or school staff. Users of the system have the option to remain anonymous or reveal their identity when submitting a report.
How does it work?
To use this revolutionary new app, students, parents or other school personnel can simply visit the Cottonwood-Oak Creek Schools website and click on the “Anonymous Alerts” button to submit a report expressing their concern. Anonymous Alerts® mobile applications can be downloaded directly from the Apple, Google Play or the Chrome stores.
COCSD supplies students with an activation code, making the app remarkably easy to use and students select which school the message should go to. In addition, informational posters explaining how to use the app will be displayed throughout schools and offices in the district.
The Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District offers free developmental screenings for preschool children between the ages of 3 to 5 years who live in the school district and are not already receiving special education services, or enrolled in Kindergarten.
The screenings will check a child's speech, motor, cognitive, adaptive, and social development. For an appointment call 928-634-2191. See the dates below for the 2022-2023 school year.
Arizona Early Intervention program also offers developmental screenings for children age birth to three years; 1-800-237-3007 or visit them online atwww.azdes.gov/azeip.
Students in the Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District who are suspected of having a disability are initially referred to a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS), an Intervention Team that will review the data about the student and will determine if interventions are needed in the student’s classroom. A follow-up meeting is scheduled to review the results of the interventions to determine success and document the learning outcome. The Intervention Team determines whether a referral for Special Education will be recommended.
WHAT IS CHILD FIND?
Child Find is a component of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA ’04) that requires states to locate, identify, and evaluate all children with disabilities; ages birth through 21, who are in need of specialized education or related services.