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SAFETY, SECURITY AND MENTAL HEALTH

DISTRICT: School Safety & Mental Health at GJPS

SAFETY, SECURITY AND MENTAL HEALH AT
GAHANNA-JEFFERSON PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Safe School Helpline

1-800-418-6423 ext. 359

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Use the Safe School Helpline to report threats of violence, suicide, bullying and illegal activity that could harm students in our schools.

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Resources for Students and Families

CRISIS HOTLINES
National Suicide Prevention Hotline
Dial 988
https://988lifeline.org

Safe School Helpline
800-418-6423 ext. 359
(800-4-1-VOICE ext. 359)
Text: 614-426-0240
Then type: Tips

Franklin County Youth Crisis Line
Managed by Northwest Community Healthcare
614-722-1800

Trevor Project

Provides information and support to LGBTQ
young people 24/7, all year round.
1-866-488-7386
Text 678-678

AGENCY MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
Northwest Community Healthcare
614-355-8080

Concord Counseling Services
614-882-9338


SAFETY & SECURITY MEASURES

The health and safety of our school community is a high priority for everyone at Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools. While our security plans are continually evolving, here are some measures we are taking to address safety and security in our schools.

GJPS Safety and Security Measures (PDF)

 

   Facilities & Operations    

EMERGENCY OPERATION PROCEDURES
Working with law enforcement agencies and first responders, we have developed and continue to revise, implement, and regularly practice emergency operation procedures. To keep staff and students safe, we do not share these plans publicly, but they are submitted, reviewed and approved annually.

CHECK-IN PROCEDURES
We recently upgraded our visitor management system in all school buildings so that each visitor must sign in and present a form of identification that is scanned and checked against a national database before entry is permitted.

SECURE ENTRANCES
While a few of our buildings will undergo construction to update main entrance security features this summer, most of our buildings currently have access into the main office rather than open access to the school upon entry.

There are currently camera systems in every building throughout the district and in all of our GJPS buses. Our buildings are equipped with secure door badge entry systems to prevent door propping and allow students to enter the building swiftly in case of an outdoor emergency.

UPDATED VOLUNTEER PROCEDURES
To increase safety and security protocols, all GJPS volunteers who may have the potential to interact with students in an unsupervised setting or may have access to confidential information will be required to complete an online application that includes a background check. The district will provide the background checks at no cost to the volunteer.


   Staffing & Support    

ADDITIONAL STAFF
GJPS has recently increased staffing to provide additional support in our schools at all levels.

3 Assistant Principals
Assists in the safety and welfare of students and staff.

5 Campus Supervisors
Provides additional supervision to students, staff, and grounds operations.

3 School Resource Officers
Maintains a first line of defense against violence, and fosters communication and partnerships between educators, law enforcement, students and famiLies.

1 Dean of Students
Provides student supervision and interventions to students experiencing problems in discipline and attendance at GLHS. Serves as a resource to teachers in their instructional practice, especially as it relates to issues of discipline, relationships with students, classroom management and school culture.

1 Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)
Provides support, collaboration and training to all educational professionals in the areas of Applied Behavior Analysis, Classroom Behavior Management, conducting Functional Behavior Assessments and developing and implementing effective, function-based Behavior Intervention Plans.


   Programs & Protocols   

A.L.I.C.E.
In the event of an active shooter, the minutes that pass while waiting for police to respond are crucial. To ensure schools are prepared to proactively handle the threat of an intruder or active shooter, all principals and teachers have been trained in A.L.IC.E.

ALERT
Report that a threat exists.

LOCKDOWN
Follow GJPS lockdown procedures.

INFORM
Communicate real-time information using all available technology.

COUNTER
Create noise, movement and distraction with the intent of interrupting the intruder or allowing time to escape.

EVACUATE
Get out of the building.

RISK ASSESSMENT
We have a safety protocol in place that our mental health team follows when students
make threats that could impact the health and safety of themselves or others.

This risk assessment involves an in-depth analysis of the situation, contact with families, and appropriate support to address the concern

Safe School Helpline
“If you see something, say something.”
One of our most important resources is the strong relationship with our students, families, staff and GJPS community. As a result, GJPS utilizes the Safe School Helpline to encourage our community to anonymously report anything that threatens the safety of our students, staff
or schools.

1-800-418-6423 ext. 359
Safe School Helpline Information and FAQs

SIGNS OF SUICIDE
This proactive suicide prevention program is taught to all grade 7-10 students in the district and includes a screening assessment that allows us to identify students who may be at risk for mental health needs. When identified, students meet with a mental health provider for further evaluation and parents are notified of any safety concerns.

HOPE SQUAD
Hope Squad is a peer-to-peer suicide prevention program implemented with our grade 9-12 students. This program consists of students nominated by their peers to serve in a trusted support role for students experiencing suicidal ideation. The peer mentors receive extensive, ongoing training on how to support their peers.

GREEN DOT
Green Dot is a bystander intervention program used at the high school level in grades 10-12. Students are trained in proactive ways to step in and support fellow students when situations arise that may become harmful.


   Valued Partners   

PARTNERSHIPS WITH LAW ENFORCEMENTS
We continue to have a strong relationship with the Gahanna Division of Police (GDP), and we appreciate their partnership in keeping our schools safe. Our administrative team works closely with GDP when issues arise that require the presence of law enforcement in any of our school buildings. We have three highly trained GPD School Resource Officers who work with our district.

The Mifflin Township Division of Fire provides fire and emergency medical services and prevention education to our GJPS schools. We value their professional advice when evaluating the safety and security of our buildings and procedures.

SEXUAL ASSAULT RESPONSE NETWORK
OF Central OHIO (SARNCO)

SARNCO provides advocacy and emotional support services for victims of sexual violence.We recently developed a partnership with SARNCO that enabled us to establish support
in several areas.

Establish a Survivor Group
For high school students who have experienced sexual assault.

Obtain Resources
For our high school English teachers for a lesson on consent. This lesson was piloted in several classes with a plan to teach it universally next year.

Provide Parent Webinars
With an emphasis on healthy relationships


   Sense of Belonging  

MENTAL HEALTH STAFF AND SUPPORT
Building a strong sense of belonging is an important thing we can do to create a safe school environment. Everyone is valued, respected, supported, included, and personally accepted in this environment.

When schools create a sense of belonging where students find a place they are nurtured and cared for, then the school and wider community will be a safer place to go to learn and to live.

We have staff members that support our students, do risk assessments, and have conversations regularly about student safety.

Mental Health Specialists
One-to-one and small group counseling with some of our most at-risk students.

Mental Health Liaisons
One-to-one and small group counseling with students who struggled with attendance and engagement. Mental Health Liaisons also complete home visits and link families with resources to assist the student at the systems level.

School Counselors
Universal support available to all students.