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Welcome to the Ohio School Safety Center resource page made by a student for students K-12! This page is dedicated to helping students find the resources and information they may need related to their own safety.

Please review the tutorial on the Student Resources page!

Ohio Student Safety Advisory Council

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School safety programs are designed to protect students, but they are often not given a seat at the table when it comes to creating solutions for their benefit. Involving students in identifying safety concerns and coming up with innovative solutions allows them to be part of the solution when it comes to the safety of themselves and their peers.

The Ohio School Safety Center (OSSC) is announcing the creation of the Ohio Student Safety Advisory Council, which will include two representatives from each of the five school safety regions (NW, NE, Central, SW, SE). Representatives will submit application materials and short essays along with a recommendation letter written by educators, school resource officers, school counselors or administrators. The OSSC will evaluate applications in partnership with the Governor’s Ohio School Safety Working Group members.

Why Students?

School safety programs are designed to protect students, but they are often not given a seat at the table when it comes to creating solutions for their benefit. Involving students in identifying safety concerns and coming up with innovative solutions allows them to be part of the solution when it comes to the safety of themselves and their peers.

Benefits to Students

Being a member of this statewide student council enables students to ensure their voice is heard when it comes to school safety. It will also enable them to learn more about the diversity of current school and students’ safety-related issues, develop government relations and leadership skills, and expose them to how government agencies work together from the federal, state, and local level.

Council Member Responsibilities

The student representatives will identify concerns about safety from their peers and create local subcommittees to develop innovative solutions to address them. Findings will be presented to the Governor’s Ohio School Safety Working Group to generate statewide solutions and supports. These findings and innovative solutions will also be presented in an exhibit hall format at the annual school safety summit to highlight student achievements in implementing peer support programs and safety teams in their schools.

Student representatives will also conduct surveys of their peers, find ways to get students more engaged with safety in their schools and communities and will be an advocate for school and community safety. Students will also work directly with the regional school safety liaisons from the OSSC to organize events, focus groups, and trainings in their regions to help highlight student success and safety best practices at various schools.  

These members will also act as a sounding board for the Governor’s Ohio School Safety Working Group and OSSC on student marketing campaigns and projects to ensure a student voice is represented.

Eligibility Requirements?

Students must be entering grade 11 for the 2022-2023 school year. A completed application and nomination letter must be submitted together to the OhioSchoolSafetyCenter@dps.ohio.gov email address prior to the deadline to be considered.

Students will serve for a one-year term and will be required to attend monthly virtual meetings and one in person meeting in Columbus for the annual school safety summit hosted during the summer months. Students will have the opportunity to be involved in additional events both in person and remotely throughout their term. Council members should plan to spend no fewer than ten hours per month on group activities/work, though that number could be even higher depending on the exact responsibilities a member volunteers to do or is assigned to complete.

Candidates selected to move forward with the process will be asked to attend a virtual interview. The OSSC plans to announce the student council member selections by the end of May.

Deadline to apply is May 6, 2022 – 11:59 p.m.

Students interested in applying can send this application to OhioSchoolSafetyCenter@dps.ohio.gov

How to Survey School Safety with Your Peers

Student Survey

The survey placed below is a resource for students to understand and implement positive conversation on school safety within the school community. This survey is specifically designed for students to share with their peers to gauge how they feel about safety. Students wishing to use this survey should request to do so with their administration prior to sharing it with peers.

We recommend using an existing student club or organization to sponsor the survey and working with your club’s advisor to obtain permission from your principal to implement the survey. If you do not have a club to sponsor the survey, work with your school counselor, psychologist, teacher, or school resource officer to make the request.

Obtaining permission prior to implementing the survey is really important to ensure your school supports the process and can help tailor your survey to your school.

Survey Types & Platforms

There are several types of platforms you can use to implement your survey including paper and electronic options. 

Download the survey questions.

You may use Survey Monkey, Google, Microsoft Forms (in Teams), or other means to deliver your questions. 

Create a Survey Monkey survey.

Create a Google survey.

Create a Microsoft Forms survey in Teams.

Administration Presentation & Request

These Microsoft PowerPoint School Safety Survey and Survey Results presentations are for students to communicate with their administration about school safety. The presentations are editable for one's own use.

Download the School Safety PowerPoint.    Download the Survey Results PowerPoint.

Safer Ohio School Tip Line

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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.

Things to report to the tip line include (but are not limited to):

  • Bullying incidents;
  • Withdrawn student behaviors;
  • Verbal or written threats observed toward students, faculty or schools;
  • Hazing;
  • Weapon/suspicious devices on or near school grounds;
  • Gang related activities;
  • Unusual/suspicious behavior of students or staff;
  • Self-harm or suicidal sentiments; and
  • Any other school safety-related concerns.

Every tip can remain anonymous. School safety analysts may ask for additional information, but the caller can remain secret or leave his or her contact information for later follow-up.
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 information to local school officials, law enforcement agencies and the Ohio School Safety Center (OSSC) for action and follow up.
The OSSC partners with the Ohio Department of Education to follow up with affected school and law enforcement agencies to make sure that the incident is investigated, action is taken, and resources and supports are provided when necessary.

Suicide Hotlines & Support Lines

There are a variety of immediate intervention supports available to connect students, parents, and adults with licensed counselors and crisis response professionals to help anyone dealing with stress or crisis. This information should be provided to your students, staff and community and should be made accessible at any time, including school breaks, winter, and summer recess.

Crisis Text Line 

Do you need help now?

Text the keyword “4hope” to 741 741 to be connected to a trained Crisis Counselor within 5 minutes.

Any person may need help in coping with a stressful situation. Reach out by text to communicate with someone trained to listen and respond in a method that is private, secure and confidential.

The Crisis Text Line is a free, confidential service available 24/7 via text on mobile devices.

Throughout Ohio, you can text the keyword “4hope” to 741 741 to be connected to a trained Crisis Counselor. Data usage while texting Crisis Text Line is free and the number will not appear on a phone bill with the mobile service carrier. People of all ages can use Crisis Text Line.

National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)

National Spanish Speaking Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK *Press 2 (1-800-273-8255 *Press 2)

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA )

SAMHSA National Helpline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

A free, confidential, 24/7, 365-days-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.

Trans Lifeline: 1-877-565-8860

(English and Spanish)

The Trevor Project: National LGBT Youth Suicide and Support Hotline: 1-866-4-U-TREVOR (1-866-488-7386)

Student Led Violence Prevention Clubs

To promote school safety and violence prevention, districts, community schools and STEM schools may designate student-led violence prevention clubs for schools serving grades 6-12. This is not a requirement for schools, but Ohio law permits schools to designate violence prevention clubs. Existing clubs may be used as designated violence prevention clubs.

Each local, city, exempted village and joint vocational school district, community school and college-preparatory boarding school may designate a student-led violence prevention club for each school building in the district or school serving grades 6-12. If created, each club must do the following:

  1. Be open to all members of the student body;
  2. Have at least one identified adult advisor;
  3. Implement and sustain suicide and violence prevention and social inclusion training and awareness activities; and
  4. Foster opportunities for student leadership development.

Students often can relate to one another’s experiences and help each other process and problem-solve in peer-led clubs. Peer-led clubs include a trusted group of students and staff students can count on to listen, provide a sense of security and belonging and allow students to thrive. Peer-led groups offer the developmental benefits of peer group mentoring, provide support and build students’ confidence and sense of efficacy. Peer-led groups provide a team atmosphere, which helps participants recognize they are not alone.

Some examples of existing clubs may include programs at school and in the community that provide a safe space for students and empower them to address pressing issues, including violence prevention, suicide prevention, social inclusion and school safety. The following groups are free to districts and schools:

Opportunities for Students

The Youth Preparedness Council (YPC) was created in 2012 to bring together youth leaders interested in supporting disaster preparedness and making a difference in their communities by completing disaster preparedness projects nationally and locally.

The Safe and Sound Student Club is a student-led organization of high school students who want to make a difference in the safety of their school community. The Club cultivates leadership development, partnerships, dialogue, awareness, and community building through school safety service projects.

2022 Event Calendar

The events listed below are good resources to build and create connections to student clubs and organizations. These events are able to be publicized and attendance is encouraged.

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