Safe School Helpline is Taking Steps to Break the Silence

Posted: 2/6/2019 Categories: District News, HOMEPAGE Headlines, Lincoln High School News, Blacklick Elementary News, Chapelfield Elementary, Goshen Lane Elementary News, High Point Elementary News, Jefferson Elementary News, Lincoln Elementary News, Royal Manor Elementary News, Middle School South News, Middle School East News, Middle School West News

Safe School Helpline is Taking Steps to Break the Silence

Safe School Helpline informationGahanna-Jefferson Public Schools recently rolled out a helpline students and others can access to anonymously identify and address mental health issues and potential safety concerns before they become a crisis.

The Safe School Helpline is just one way the district is working to help resolve non-academic barriers in and out of the classroom. According to Lisa Kelley, administrator of school-based prevention and counseling, conditions in students’ lives and environments must be in order from them to be successful.

“When students have unmet mental health needs, they can turn into significant barriers for academic, behavior, and emotional growth,” said Kelley. “If left unaddressed, such barriers can compromise school safety. It is very important that we are as proactive as possible in the area of mental health and emotional well-being so that students can reach their full potential.”

The helpline came to fruition following Safety Town Hall last year, in which the topic of mental health came up several times. After hearing from the community, the district took proactive steps to establish the Safe Schools Helpline as part of a multi-faceted plan to tackle the issue. Kelley mentioned that the helpline isn’t the final step in creating safer schools. In fact, the schools regularly review and refine their safety practices and take school safety very seriously.

“I am proud to be a part of a district that puts students first in every way, including in their physical and emotional safety,” said Kelley.

Accessing the system is simple. Students, parents, and staff can call the hotline at 1-800-418-6423, fill out an online form, text or even download a mobile app to share information. From there, the district will follow up with any further questions, if necessary. Those who report potential issues can choose to remain anonymous if they prefer.

“We live in an age with access to more information, both positive and negative, than ever before,” said Jeff Collett, director of technology for the district. “It’s also an age in which timing is everything. It is important for our district to provide students, parents, and staff with a way to reach out and communicate any type of threat or instance anonymously and in a timely manner.”

Any information involving a situation that could be threatening to students and staff should be reported. Such situations may include thoughts of suicide or self-harm, violence, weapons, drugs and alcohol, bullying and/or theft.

To access the Safe Schools Helpline, please use one of the following methods:

Phone: 1-800-418-6423 ext. 359

Text: 66746, message “tips”

Website: www.safeschoolhelpline.com

Download the App: Safe School Helpline, available on IOS & Android
 

Safe School Helpline is Taking Steps to Break the Silence

Posted: 2/6/2019 Categories: District News, HOMEPAGE Headlines, Lincoln High School News, Blacklick Elementary News, Chapelfield Elementary, Goshen Lane Elementary News, High Point Elementary News, Jefferson Elementary News, Lincoln Elementary News, Royal Manor Elementary News, Middle School South News, Middle School East News, Middle School West News

Safe School Helpline is Taking Steps to Break the Silence

Safe School Helpline informationGahanna-Jefferson Public Schools recently rolled out a helpline students and others can access to anonymously identify and address mental health issues and potential safety concerns before they become a crisis.

The Safe School Helpline is just one way the district is working to help resolve non-academic barriers in and out of the classroom. According to Lisa Kelley, administrator of school-based prevention and counseling, conditions in students’ lives and environments must be in order from them to be successful.

“When students have unmet mental health needs, they can turn into significant barriers for academic, behavior, and emotional growth,” said Kelley. “If left unaddressed, such barriers can compromise school safety. It is very important that we are as proactive as possible in the area of mental health and emotional well-being so that students can reach their full potential.”

The helpline came to fruition following Safety Town Hall last year, in which the topic of mental health came up several times. After hearing from the community, the district took proactive steps to establish the Safe Schools Helpline as part of a multi-faceted plan to tackle the issue. Kelley mentioned that the helpline isn’t the final step in creating safer schools. In fact, the schools regularly review and refine their safety practices and take school safety very seriously.

“I am proud to be a part of a district that puts students first in every way, including in their physical and emotional safety,” said Kelley.

Accessing the system is simple. Students, parents, and staff can call the hotline at 1-800-418-6423, fill out an online form, text or even download a mobile app to share information. From there, the district will follow up with any further questions, if necessary. Those who report potential issues can choose to remain anonymous if they prefer.

“We live in an age with access to more information, both positive and negative, than ever before,” said Jeff Collett, director of technology for the district. “It’s also an age in which timing is everything. It is important for our district to provide students, parents, and staff with a way to reach out and communicate any type of threat or instance anonymously and in a timely manner.”

Any information involving a situation that could be threatening to students and staff should be reported. Such situations may include thoughts of suicide or self-harm, violence, weapons, drugs and alcohol, bullying and/or theft.

To access the Safe Schools Helpline, please use one of the following methods:

Phone: 1-800-418-6423 ext. 359

Text: 66746, message “tips”

Website: www.safeschoolhelpline.com

Download the App: Safe School Helpline, available on IOS & Android