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First Responders play a unique role in supporting students as they return to school this year. Students are returning to school with even more pressure due to COVID-19. Lack of socialization, isolation, loss of instructional time and anxiety are all part of their new reality. As a first responder, it is important to be aware of available resources. Here you will find resources regarding students mental health, returning to school, social emotional learning, anti-bullying/violence prevention, and suicide prevention. Resources are also available for vulnerable populations in addition to anonymous reporting and crisis support. Also included are resources and trainings specific to SRO's who work directly with the students they serve.

Training and Awareness for First Responders/School Resource Officers

A framework that guides school teams in the selection and implementation of evidence-based practices using a multi-tiered system of support.
Ohio Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports | Ohio Department of Education

LGBTQ Resource
Most climate surveys place the LGBTQ youth population into the vulnerable populations category. As such, they remain an emotional safety concern for our school personnel. These resources can assist you in finding the support they may need: https://www.glsen.org/ and the Ohio Snapshot from 2019 by GLSEN

Handle with Care
Collaborative program to ensure children who are exposed to adverse events receive appropriate interventions at school.
Handle With Care: Ohio | Home (handlewithcareoh.org)

School Safety Grants
Commission (OFCC) is coordinating this program with the Ohio School Safety Center (OSSC) and anticipates the award program will be open for applications late summer 2021.

Threat Assessment Training
The Ohio Attorney General's Office produced a free, virtual, publicly-accessible training for schools and law enforcement on creating a threat assessment team.
Ohio School Threat Assessment Training - Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost

School Safety Newsletter
The OSSC produces a quarterly newsletter to share upcoming events, grants, trainings, and best practices for K-12 schools and higher education.

Safety and Violence Prevention Training
Training to public elementary, middle and high school professionals to detect student behavioral health needs. Every five years, participants must take at least four hours training in the prevention of child abuse, violence, suicide ideation, bullying, teen dating violence, human trafficking and substance abuse and the promotion of positive youth development . School districts and educational service centers may adopt or adapt the curriculum developed by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) for this purpose, or they may develop their own program in consultation with public or private agencies or persons involved in child abuse prevention or intervention.
Required Safety and Violence Prevention Training | Ohio School Safety Center

School Safety Summit
The OSSC is tasked with hosting an annual school safety summit for K-12 schools and higher education. The goal is to share a comprehensive approach to student safety with various tracks for school safety teams. K-12 sections paid for by a grant.
School Safety Summit Announcement | Ohio School Safety Center

On Our Sleeves'
Back-to-School looks different this year. On Our Sleeves' behavioral health experts have created FREE resources to help you start this school year with confidence, no matter what model your return-to-school looks like.

SRO Training
The OSSC is creating a virtual continuing education training academy for school resource officers. In addition to new trainings being created, the DPS training campus will provide links to existing training with eAcademy. Course subject areas include: conflict de-escalation, MOU creation, implicit bias, youth mental health, emergency planning, suicide prevention, critical incident response, etc. osroa.org/trainings/

School Safety Webinar
The OSSC has partnered with Ohio EMA and the Emergency Management Association of Ohio to conduct a three part series training webinar that is designed to educate K-12 school safety coordinators and administrators on how to plan for and successfully execute an exercise.
Emergency Management Training Opportunities | Department of Public Safety (ohio.gov)

FEMA: Ready.gov
FEMA: Ready.gov: Helping Children Cope. Disasters can leave children and teens feeling frightened, confused and insecure. Their responses can be quite varied. It's important to not only recognize these reactions, but also help children cope with their emotions.

Stop Asian Hate
Asian students are currently experiencing unprecedented levels of bullying, aggression and xenophobia due to the pandemic.  It is important that these students feel safe and supported in their schools
#StopAsianHate: Resources for Teaching & Learning | Student Voice (stuvoice.org)

Info to Share With Your School

This program aims to increase personal and family strengthening skills among offenders, restored citizens and affected youth to support a successful transition back to family and community.

Trauma Informed Schools
A trauma-informed school is one in which all students and staff feel safe, welcomed and supported and where the impact of trauma on teaching and learning is addressed at the center of the educational mission.

Threat Assessment Team
Each school district, community school, and STEM school is required to establish a threat assessment team for each school serving grades 6-12. Each team member must complete an approved training program upon appointment and every 3 years after, proof of which must be included in the district's or school's emergency management plan.
Safety and Violence Education Students (SAVE Students) Act | Ohio Department of Education

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.

School Safety Grant
The grant program established by the General Assembly, will distribute competitive reimbursement grants of up to $100,000 to individual K-12 public schools for various safety updates such as cameras, panic buttons, automatic door locks, and visitor badging systems. The Ohio Facilities Construction 
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School Safety Webpage
The OSSC is tasked with operating the state school safety website (ohioschoolsafetycenter.ohio.gov) to provide links to safety resources for both K-12 and higher education. The OSSC is also the state point of contact for updates to Ohio's page on the DHS run website - schoolsafety.gov. 

Emergency Management Tests
The OSSC facilitates statutory compliance of emergency management tests for k-12 schools across Ohio.  In addition, the OSSC, in partnership with Ohio EMA, provides educational resources, exercise toolkits, and technical assistance to school administrators and safety plan coordinators with completing and submitting their annual emergency management test.
K-12 Emergency Management Test: 

Safer Ohio School Tip Line
The Safer Ohio School Tip Line is a free safety resource available to all Ohio schools. The tip line is an anonymous reporting system that accepts both calls and texts 24 hours a day. This tip line allows students and adults to anonymously share information with school officials and law enforcement about threats to student safety—whether that involves a threatened mass incident or harm to a single student. Encourage your Administrator’s to register!
Safer Ohio School Tip Line | Ohio School Safety Center

With You Here
Aims to reduce stigma and prevent suicides in African American young men.

United Way’s 211
United Way’s 211. Connecting you to essential community services. Available in many Ohio communities. Every call is completely confidential.

Cyber Security

DHS Back to School Campaign
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) “encourages you to read a special blog from Eric Goldstein, Executive Assistant Director for Cybersecurity, which highlights why cyber hygiene for educational institutions is so vital.” 

Phishing attacks use email or malicious websites to infect machines with malware and viruses to collect personal and financial information. Cybercriminals use these attacks to entice users to click on a link or open an attachment that can then infect their computers, creating vulnerability to attacks.” The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Phishing Tip Sheet has additional information on combating phishing. 

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) “encourages everyone - students, parents, teachers, administrators and chief information security officers of school districts to review our recently released StopRansomware.gov – a new website designed to help individuals and organizations prevent attacks that can severely impact business processes and leave organizations without the data they need to operate and deliver mission-critical services. The website contains special resources for K-12 to assist institutions with their unique cybersecurity needs and has a number of resources for schools to explore and reference to learn how to stay safe online.”

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is kicking off its 2021 Back to School campaign to help students, parents, teachers, and administrators remain safe from cybersecurity threats as they return to school. The campaign will run from August 9 until August 30. Check our social media accounts, @CISAgov and @Cyber, during the campaign for more cybersecurity tips.