Lakota Adds Safety Tip Line

Lakota Adds Safety Tip Line
Posted on 04/30/2018
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Safety Tip Line InformationLakota Schools is adding another layer to its safety and security protocols. The district has partnered with the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Public Safety to bring the SaferOH tip line to the Lakota community.


The 24-hour tip line is another way for concerned students, parents and residents to share information with school officials and authorities. “The safety and security of our schools is always our number one priority at Lakota,” said superintendent Matthew Miller. “The tip line is another way we can learn about potential threats to student safety before they happen.”

 

The calls and texts are answered by analysts in the Threat Assessment and Prevention (TAP) Unit of Ohio’s Homeland Security department.  “Members of our community, adults and students, can remain anonymous when they report a threat to our schools or an individual student,” said Chris Passarge, Chief Operations Officer at Lakota. “Information received through a phone call or text is assessed and then forwarded to local law enforcement and school officials,” he continued. The TAP Unit will also follow up to ensure that each incident has been investigated.

 

“Our district safety team meets regularly to review safety protocols at Lakota,” Miller noted. “Our safety plans are never done. We are always looking for ways to make them better so our students and staff are safe.”

 

The SaferOH tip line is available to any school district, including both public and private schools, in the state free of charge. The tip line’s number, 844-SaferOH is now posted on the district’s website and its mobile app. Posters with the phone number will be placed in schools as well. “We teach our students that if they see something that looks suspicious, they should say something to a trusted adult. This is another way to alert the proper authorities,” Miller said.