Break the Silence … Prevent the Event
Help keep our schools safe – the information you provide is private, confidential, and anonymous
The Voorheesville Central School District has implemented the Safe School Helpline. Students can be confident that the Safe School Helpline is a secure way to report threats of violence, suicide, bullying and illegal activity that could harm students in our schools. It can be accessed through the web, by downloading an app, by texting, or calling a toll free number.
To make a report by phone
1-800-418-6423 ext. 359
This is a 24-hour-a-day service designed so callers, anonymously, can report concerns regarding student safety in the district, including reports of bullying. Help-line users receive an identification number when they call in, enabling them to call back and get an update regarding what has been done to address the situation they reported.
To report by text
Enter 614-426-0240 – then type TIPS
Your phone number will not be shared with your school.
To report through a mobile app
You can download a free app for Apple and Android phones at the Apple Store and Google Play.
To make a report online
Your inquiry will be received by Security Voice, an independent service provider to insure that you will remain anonymous. Security Voice is an independent entity which is not part of your school. Although your report will be sent to your school, no one from your school will receive your actual email address.
Q. How do we know it is anonymous?
We have contracted for this service through Security Voice, an independent company with no other ties to our school.
Q. How does it work?
A toll-free number has been assigned for our school district. When you dial this number from a touch-tone phone, you will be advised how to leave your information. You may exclude your name or other facts that could identify you. Then, record your message.
Q. What type of information should be reported?
Please report any facts, remarks, or actions that could jeopardize the safety of our children, staff, or school. Examples of harmful or threatening behavior might include:
- Drug or alcohol use and abuse
- Talk of suicide
- Sexual harassment
Q. What happens next?
Security Voice will send a typed copy of your message to the school. The school will then investigate the report, and determine how best to act on it.
Q. When and where can I call?
You may call toll-free anytime, day or night – from a home, mobile or pay phone. Take care that your call is not overheard.
Q Can I text or use the Internet for reporting?
Yes. To text, enter 614-426-0240 – then type TIPS. To use the web, log in at www.safeschoolhelpline.com and make your report. Your phone number and email address will not be shared with your school.
Q. Can this service help troubled students, too?
Yes. If you see a student who is very troubled, or overhear remarks like “I can’t go on,” please report it. The call will be routed to a Community Counseling and Crisis Center that provides a 24-hour crisis intervention service. Trained counselors are available 365 days per year to talk with persons seeking assistance in coping with suicidal thoughts, depression, or feelings of loneliness and loss. Callers need only press “3” when prompted.
Q. Who can call this number?
Everyone within our school, including:
Q. Can I change my message later? How will you know who is calling?
Yes. When you leave a message you are given a case number that is yours alone. Enter that same case number when updating your message or answering additional questions.
Q. How will I know if any action has been taken?
After three school days, call the toll-free number and enter your case number when prompted. A recording will let you know your message was heard and may ask for more information. Your answers will be transcribed and sent to the school administration for further investigation. Administrative actions may sometimes be confidential, but your call is always important.
Q. Is a Mobile App available?
Yes. A free mobile app is available for Apple and Android phones at the Apple Store and Google Play.
Q. Can I send photos or videos?
Yes. You may email photos and videos to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please reference your case number when sending. This email address is for photos and videos only.