Hardin County Schools is providing an opportunity for students and other stakeholders to report potentially unsafe behavior in an anonymous manner.
The Safe School Helpline is a convenient and confidential way for anyone to report information about situations that might affect safety at school. Anyone can contact the Safe School Helpline any time of the day or night to report concerns about unsafe or potentially disruptive activities or situations including drug or alcohol abuse, weapons, harassment, bullying, threats or discussions about possible suicide. All calls are completely confidential. The district will have a link to the Safe School Helpline on its website under the Parents, Students and Employees tabs.
Users can report questionable activity in several forms:
The anonymous tips submitted to the Safe School Helpline will then be sent to HCS district administrators, school administrators and/or local law enforcement agencies.
“We realize that safety is a major concern for our parents and students,” HCS Superintendent Teresa Morgan said. “We want everyone to feel as confident as possible when students are at school.
“This is a tremendous way to eliminate barriers anyone may have in reporting potentially dangerous situations. We want students and parents to know that teachers, school staff, district employees and law enforcement officers are always prepared to help them and will take them seriously when discussing these types of situations. However, we know that there are people who would feel more comfortable and safer if they could share this kind of information confidentially. We strongly encourage anyone – it doesn’t matter if they have a connection with a school or not – to say something if they see or hear something. Safety is our number one priority.”
Brochures that share information about the Safe School Helpline will be sent home with each HCS student near the beginning of the school year as well as magnets for families to place on their home refrigerators. Posters will also be placed in school hallways and classrooms.