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4A Wednesday, May 21, 2014 Feather River Bulletin New app, web form designed to report bullies Trina Ritter Special to Feather Publishing The Quincy Community Stop Bullies App is a free smartphone app and Web form that allows students to anonymously send bullying alerts to the intervention specialist in real time. "It is very easy and functional," says Tim Porter, CEO of Appddiction Studio, The app works by allowing a student to send a picture, message or video, which is then emailed in real time to the designated person (not a school district employee), where it is filed for documentation and relationship mapping and investigation or referred to the appropriate agency or school administrator. Because the tip is sent anonymously, students do not have to be afraid to speak up J plus, they feel safer. Research shows that by the time school administrators find out about bullying activities, the activities have progressed too far. By then it may be too late to intervene, and students end up getting hurt. "I wanted to create an app to empower schools to get information in real time," said Porter. "The schools need to protect the kids." This free Web form, Stopbulliesdashboard.com/ webform/quincyjrsr, is available to all students at Quincy Junior High and Quincy Senior High on all of the computers in the library, and in the business and finance classroom. The goal is that all schools countywide will sign up their schools for this method ANDROID IPHONE MBFORM of reporting as well. In the past, schools seemed to have a policy of"if we don't know about it, we don't have to do anything about it." California now has implemented anti-bullying legislation, Assembly Bill 9 (Seth's Law), which is mandating schools to take action. In part: "AB 9 amends and adds to the Safe. Place to Learn Act by requiring school districts to adopt policies prohibiting discrimination, harassment, intimidation and bullying based on actual or perceived characteristics. "AB 9 also requires that existing complaint investigation processes include complaints of discrimination, harassment, intimidation and bullying, as well as a timeline to investigate such incidents and an appeal process. Under AB 9, school personnel who witness such acts must take immediate steps to intervene, when safe to do so. "Additionally, AB 9 requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to post on his/her Internet web site, and provide to each school district, an annually updated list of statewide resources that provide support to student victims of school-based discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying." Quincy High School has implemented the Quincy Community Stop Bullies App and Web form this year, hoping that it will be the first avenue when reporting harassment, intimidation or bullying. Porter and school administrators realize that 75 percent or more students have smartphones. Using that technology for anti-bullying initiatives is a logical step in a positive and proactive direction. Stop Bullies is available now as a free download in the App Store, and can be set up on a home computer desktop as a shortcut application. It is free for students, and is sponsored by the QHS Student Site Council. Students will appreciate the anonymous system, so they won't feel like a "snitch," or like a bully will target them. When the email with the student's alert is received, the intervention specialist decides where that information goes. The information from the student is embedded with GPS information, so the school administrators know where the event is taking place, so that correct action can take place immediately, and stop the situation from going any further. The app also includes an alert to the students to verify that the information that they are sending is true and accurate. Quincy Community Stop Bullies App also includes educational features, so students learn the "dos and don'ts" of student bullying. "They have the resources in the palm of their hands," says Porter. "It's an education and prevention mechanism." In order for students to feel safe on campus, things must be reported immediately, appropriately and to the correct person. If we don't know what's going on, we can't help. This will take a community effort to ensure school staff, students, parents and administrators are given proper training in dealing with this very real form of violence. There are three ways to report (not intended to replace 911 emergencies). If you are not a student of Quincy High, no problem. Put the name of your school next to the space that says "Reporting Person." If there are enough reports from your school, this app can be recommended as a purchase by your school. Your information wili help. The smartphone app is called Stop Bullies (you will see the Quincy Trojan). Download it for free with passcode 4682. Use the accompanying QR codes with your smartphone. Students who would never visit the school office to get a paper "Bully Report" are now able to send a report via their smartphone or Web form from anywhere. "Bystander training" student leaders can use the app to connect with school administration, helping to report exclusion, bullying, harassment and possible student suicide threats. Have more questions? Call The Resource Center at 283-5515. Local farmers begin fifth yeaof p'cviding produce CSA they receive a weekly share of the farm's harvest throughoutthe growing season. High Altitude Harvest expanded on the traditional CSA model by inviting many farms to collaborate. Instead of one farm providing all of the produce each week, each grower is able to focus on what he or she grows best. The High Altitude Harvest CSA is entering into its fifth year of bringing Plumas County-grown produce to local eaters. CSA stands for community-supported agriculture, a marketing system that many small farms across the country have embraced over the past decade. When customers join a Postal Service: USPS (No. 188-550.) Periodicals postage paid at Quincy, CA. Published: Every Wednesday morning by Feather Publishing Co., Inc. Office Locetloa alld hours: 287 Lawrence St., Quincy, CA 95971. Mailing address: P.O. Box B, Quincy, CA 95971. Office is open Mon. through Fri., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. tO contact us: All departments: (530) 283-0800. FAX: (530) 283-3952. Email: mail@ plumasnews.com ' Website: plumssnews.com 0Wltor$1dp and horlteB: The Bufletin was established Aug. 11, 1866, as the Plumas National (later changed to Plumas National Bulletin May 16, 1892) subsequently changed to its present name May 7, 1931, which merged with the Plumas Independent (1892 - 1945) June 7, 1945. Published weekly. It is part of the Feather Publishing family of newspapers serving Plumas and Lassen counties. Bendlines: Display advertising: Thursday 4 p.m.; display classified: Thursday, 3 p.m.; legals: Thursday 4 p.m.; news: Fridays, 3 p.m.; classified: Monday 9 a.m. Breaking news: anytimel To llMIorlbe: Call (530) 283-0800, come to the Bulletin office, use the handy coupon below or send email to subscripUns@plumasnews'cm lJadicatlon: The Feather River Bulletin is adjudicated a legal newspaper by Superior Court Decree No. 4644 (1953) and qualified for publication of matters required by law to be published in a newspaper. Poanaatar: Send change of address orders to the Feather River Bulletin, P.O. Box B, Quincy, CA 95971. Front page flag photo courtesy Maggie Hennessy Michael C. TaM)mid Jenny Lee Cobey Brown Co-0wner/Publisher Photo Editor Vice Pres./ Id TaM)mid Mary Newhouse Operations Co-0wner/Legal Classified, Circ. Manager Tom Fornay Advertising Sandy Condon Production Manager Kevin Mallory Human Resources Dir., Elise Monroe Vice Pres./Admin. Office Manager Bookkeeper Dan McDonald Sherrl McConnell Eva Small Managing Editor Display Adv. Manager Composing Manager IKrBB wmi CallforMmNPaper INK[ .tod o. '. -'-,-__==.____ __ - - - - - --*--r__ .'__.,__ . subsui#ffon Order Fonn l Feather River Bulletin . P.O. Box B, Quincy, CA 95971 I Please enter my aqbscdpUon for __ years. I m [[ Enclosed find my check for $ 1 I "_ [j In County $26 per year [O Out of State $44 per year | [1 In California $37 per year. I 1 Name I , _ _ -, I c'' ==' '' ..... I Sub=dlo m Im trmdm I=ut =t rofumled. a- == m m == m -,- --- -- m -- --. == 41 This allows High Altitude Harvest to serve more members and takes the burden of producing 40-plus crops off of one farm. This CSA was launched as a project of Plumas Rural Services in 2010 with the goal of providing a large, stable market for local farmers to sell their products. HAH has reached this mark, having paid out $109,000 to local farmers, ranchers and food artisans over the past four years. The project has also successfully transitioned away from grant funding and now operates as a self-sustaining business. High Altitude Harvest recently developed a partnership with the Mohawk Community Resource Center in Blairsden, which will be hosting a new pickup site for HAH members. Coordinator Heidi Rose is enthusiastic about the availability of local produce in the Blairsden/Graeagle area. "We've had a great sign-up rate for this new HAH pickup site and we're excited that MCRC can serve as a hub for local food," she said. Plumas County farmers are happy to talk about the benefits of the CSA marketing model. Farmer Cody Reed of Five Foot Farm in Quincy explains, "The CSA has been a wonderful asset, both by helping community members source local food and by providing a steady market for farmers. When people purchase a CSA share they are buying into the future of farming in Plumas County. Members get fresh produce every week and farmers get the support we need to grow our farms and invest in building a local food economy. It's really a win-win for everyone." In 2014 High Altitude Harvest is working with 10 agricultural producers, including two new produce farmers -- Sasquatch Farms in Quincy and BloomStone Farm in Beckwourth. Farmer and CSA coordinator Elizabeth Powell is proud of the cooperative nature of the venture. "We're proving that local farmers can all benefit from a shared venture like HAH. Instead of looking at each other as competition, we're able to see our fellow farmers as a support network. And when new growers come on board we're able to welcome them and help them find niches that aren't yet filled. I really believe the way we're all going to thrive in the farming business is by working together." High Altitude Harvest is still accepting sign-ups for the 2014 summer season, with shares available for pickup in Quincy, Portola and Blairsden. More information can be found at HighAltitudeHarvest.com or by calling 616-8882. 283-2921. 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