Student and staff safety is always a top priority for Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Schools. During the August 11, 2022 board meeting, Dr. Cozad provided a school safety update in which he highlighted all of the district’s current preventative safety measures. It is through this layered approach that the district strives to provide the safest school environment possible.
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Safer Schools Ohio - The Ohio School Safety Center provides every school district in the State of Ohio a free Safer Ohio School Tip Line, that allows students and adults to anonymously share information with school officials and law enforcement about threats to student safety. Concerns you can report to the tip line include (but are not limited to):
Withdrawn student behaviors
Verbal or written threats observed toward students, faculty or schools
Weapon/suspicious devices on or near school grounds
Unusual/suspicious behavior of students or staff
Self-harm or suicidal sentiments
Any other school safety-related concerns.
Calls or texts to 844-SaferOH (844-723-3764) are answered by analysts within Ohio Homeland Security. If action is needed, the analysts immediately forward that information to local school officials, law enforcement agencies and the Ohio School Safety Center for action and follow-up. Every tip can remain anonymous. Although school safety analysts may ask for additional information, the caller can remain secret or leave his or her contact information for later follow-up.
What Is Safer Schools Ohio? What Happens to a Tip I Call In?
The Ohio CareLine is a toll-free emotional support call service created by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and administered in community settings. Behavioral health professionals staff the CareLine 24 hours a day, 7 days/week. They offer confidential support in times of personal or family crisis when individuals may be struggling to cope with challenges in their lives. When callers need additional services, they will receive assistance and connection to local providers. Call 1-800-720-9616 to connect. https://mha.ohio.gov/Families-Children-and-Adults/Get-Help/Crisis-Text-Line
The Crisis Text Line is a free, confidential service available 24/7 via text on mobile devices. Text the keyword “4hope” to 741 741 to be connected to a trained Crisis Counselor within 5 minutes.