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See Something, Hear Something, Say Something

As students and staff return to school tomorrow morning we will continue to review school safety procedures to continue providing a safe learning environment at Lordstown Schools. A key part of school safety is communication. We commend our students and school families for promptly reporting anything you hear or see that causes concern or is suspicious in nature. Such reports have helped us address issues before they could become more serious problems.
 
These concerns can be reported to any school official: Teacher, Counselor, Principal, Superintendent, School Resource Officer, the Lordstown Police Department as well by calling the statewide hotline 1-844-SAFEROH. If one of these parties is not available seek out another or please call the hotline. 
 
We strive for an environment where open lines of communication about such concerns can be reported, investigated and appropriate action taken to maintain a safe environment for all of our students. Thank you for your time and we look forward to seeing our students back Tuesday morning.

Lordstown TPP Advocacy

Lordstown Schools currently receives nearly $1.6 million dollars in Tangible Personal Property tax reimbursements from the State of Ohio. Current law phases the entire amount over time costing our schools much needed dollars at a district that receives much less from the State of Ohio than the average school in Ohio. While Lordstown Schools provided testimony to Ohio House Committees and Ohio Senate Committees advocating for a solution to this issue that would benefit Lordstown Schools the legislature needs to hear from all stakeholders: school staff, school families, area businesses and the Lordstown Community.

You can help in one of two ways. Attached is a document titled TPP letters. This document has letters addressed to all thirty-three Ohio Senators. Also attached are the contacts for all of the senators. You can print and mail these directly to the senate offices or print and drop them off at Lordstown Schools on Friday, May 19th or Monday, May 22nd. You can also come by the school and pick up copies and return them signed to the school by 2:00 PM on Monday, May 22nd.

Members of the Class of 2017, whom have completed their classes, will be heading to the statehouse on Tuesday, May 23rd. These students will be delivering the signed letters directly to the offices of the Ohio Senators. Thank you for helping us advocate for fiscal fairness.

Lordstown Local Schools TEXT alerts

In addition to the "Robocalls" we send out for news updates, Lordstown Schools now has a text alerts feature that you can use. To sign up for Lordstown Text Alerts, and get updates about school events, do the following:

For Elementary events & news, text @ltownelem to 81010 

For High School events & news, text @ltownhigh to 81010

For Lordstown Sports events & news, text @ltownsport to 81010

Anyone signed up for these services will receive text messages sent out by Lordstown Schools (Mr. Neidhart, Director of Information Systems & Technology) to get up to date information regarding events for each service for which you register. If you want all three, please note that you have to send messages to each one to subscribe. This is a FREE service, but please note that if you don't pay for texting with your wireless carrier, text message rates will apply.

School Safety Tip Line

844-SaferOH – school safety tip line

 

Ohio's New CONFIDENTIAL Safety Tip Line
Call or text 844-SAFEROH to report threats

844-SaferOH – Ohio’s new school safety tip line gives your students, parents, teachers and school administrators a way to anonymously report student safety threats to school officials and law enforcement officers whether they involve a potential incident of mass violence, a suicide threat or the bullying of a single student. 

Research shows that in 81 percent of violent incidents in U.S. schools, someone other than the attacker knew something but didn’t report it for fear of being identified. This is why Gov. Kasich has asked Ohio’s law enforcement and education leaders to establish the confidential SaferOH tip line.

The tip line will serve our community 24 hours a day, whenever a student or concerned adult senses a threat to student safety. The call center guarantees the anonymity of the person who calls or texts. Tip line workers may ask for additional information, but the one who calls or texts may remain anonymous or leave contact information for follow-up.

Trained professionals at Ohio Homeland Security’s Threat Assessment and Prevention (TAP) unit answer all calls and texts to 844-SaferOH. When action is needed, TAP staff immediately forward information to the school staff member you designate. Local law enforcement agencies or others may be notified, if the situation warrants. Tip line staff will follow up quickly with the affected school and law enforcement agencies to make sure the incident was investigated and the outcome was tracked.

If you have questions about the tip line, please call SaferOH at (614) 644-2641.

Dr. Richard A. Ross
Superintendent of Public Instruction

John Born
Director, Ohio Department of Public Safety

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