Groveport Madison Schools has launched an anonymous tip line for reporting concerns or threats to its schools or potential harm to a student or staff member.
The Safer Schools Ohio tip line is operated through the Ohio Department of Public Safety and the Ohio Department of Education, accepting tips 24-hours a day. Calls or texts to 844-SaferOH (844-723-3764) are answered by analysts in the Ohio Homeland Security’s Threat Assessment and Prevention (TAP) Unit.
When action is needed, the TAP Unit immediately forwards information to the school district and to local law enforcement agencies. The district and local law enforcement officials will work together to investigate the report and ensure that it is resolved. The TAP Unit also follows up with both entities to ensure the report has been investigated and that appropriate actions have been taken.
Tip line promotional materials are being distributed through the district’s schools, and information is being shared via the district’s website, newsletters, social media, etc.
“The safety of students and staff is always the district’s highest priority,” said Superintendent Garilee Ogden. “Our staff works hard to forge trusting relationships with students. One of the many benefits of those relationships is that students feel comfortable reporting their concerns to an adult at their school. That has helped us to address issues before anyone might be harmed – as well as to diffuse and debunk rumors. While we always want to encourage students to make us aware of any concerns, the anonymous tip line is another avenue that can be used to report potential issues.”
Information on the Safer Schools Ohio Tip Line can be found on the Safety and Security page of the District’s website (gocruisers.org/SafetySecurity.aspxm) and at saferschools.ohio.gov/content/tip_line_information.