Now that classes have started for the 2020-2021 school year, the Ohio School Safety Center (OSSC) is reminding schools of the free Safer Ohio School Tip Line and providing students with an opportunity to be part of a statewide marketing campaign.
The OSSC is inviting Ohio students in grades 6-8, 9-12, and those attending higher education institutions to participate in a school safety PSA contest to spread awareness and encourage participation with the state's tip line.
The creators of winning video PSA submissions will be invited to the OSSC, when it is safe to do so, to work with our team to produce a professional quality version of their original submission(s). The newly produced PSA will then be used in a statewide marketing campaign for the Safer Ohio School Tip Line.
Those entering the contest should follow appropriate CDC guidelines (wearing a mask, social distancing, etc.) when creating the videos and all submissions should include the following information:
The Safer Ohio School Tip Line can be accessed via text or phone call 24/7
Any tip you leave may be done so anonymously
The Tip Line phone number: 844-723-3764
The type of tips that may be reported:
- Withdrawn student behaviors
- Verbal or written threats observed toward students, faculty or schools
- Weapons/suspicious devises on or near school grounds
- Gang-related activities
- Substance abuse
- Unusual/suspicious behavior of students or staff
- Self-harm or suicidal sentiments
- Any other school safety-related concern
Even though there are multiple activities/behaviors that may be reported to the Safer Ohio School Tip Line, only one video per student may be submitted. Be creative and show your school spirit while promoting positive school climate and information sharing.
The deadline for submissions is December 18th. Schools with winning submissions will be notified in January of 2021.
When submitting your video, please identify which grade range you are applying under: 6-8, 9-12, or higher education.
For submissions or questions, please email OhioSchoolSafetyCenter@dps.ohio.gov.