Thank you for taking the time to report. When completing the form, please provide as much information as possible to allow the professional report/tip takers to fully investigate your concern. Give a summary of the issue in the narrative section and include detailed information about the people involved in the provided fields. You can also attach photos and videos if they will assist with the investigation of your report/tip.
Once you submit, you will receive a Tip ID and password. Keep this information so that you can return to your report/tip in the future if you need to add information or to find out if the report/tip takers have asked any follow up questions. If you are using the app to submit your report/tip, be sure to log out when you are finished.
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I report?
Any school or student safety concern.
In which situations should I report?
When you want to remain anonymous. The system does not replace calling 911 for immediate life safety issues or direct contact with your school, administration, counselors, SROs, or other school personnel. If you need direct contact with school officials, whether at the school, county, or state level, or when you require updates on the situation, we encourage you to contact the school or visit the school system’s website for information on who may be able to assist you with your concern. For example, every school system has an online bullying form.
How do I know my anonymous report/tip was received?
You will receive a response. You may receive questions if more information is needed; therefore, be sure to retain the Tip ID and password, which allows you to access your submitted report/tip after initial submission. Please keep in mind that because this is an anonymous reporting system, you will not receive updates on the situation.
What if I’m not sure of what I heard?
REPORT IT! It is better to report it and allow the proper parties to investigate it than to not report it and risk someone getting hurt.
Where can I find more information?
More information is available at the Maryland Center for School Safety website.
What if the person doesn’t go to my school? Should I still report?
Absolutely! Provide as much information as possible and we can get the information to the proper personnel.
How long will it take to investigate my anonymous report?
Your report will instantly be sent to the appropriate contacts for investigation. The time it takes to complete the investigation varies.
I didn’t hear about the student receiving a consequence. How do I know it was handled/investigated?
Because this is an anonymous reporting system and due to FERPA / student privacy laws, we cannot disclose the progress or results of an investigation.
What Maryland schools are members of Safe Schools Maryland?
Remember that anonymous reports can be made relating to any school in Maryland; yet, when a school becomes a member of Safe Schools Maryland, that school's officials immediately receive any anonymous reports concerning students, teachers, and/or activities at, near, or related to their school. This, in turn, gives the school the opportunity to resolve most matters appropriately in-house before relatively benign issues or situations develop into emergencies. The full list of current Safe Schools Maryland members can be viewed here.
Do school officials know how to properly handle anonymous reports/tips?
Yes, every year the Maryland Center for School Safety holds many training sessions for school officials to ensure that they know how to properly handle anonymous reports/tips. A list of schools that have completed their 2020-2021 school year Safe Schools Maryland training can be viewed here.
What if I want to report bullying, but not anonymously?
Most school systems have an easy way to do just that through their Bullying Reporting Forms. If you have a bullying concern for which you would like to be contacted or prefer to have documentation of your bullying report, you have the option to complete your school system’s form. Links to the forms are listed alphabetically by Maryland public school system below. If you prefer to report a bullying tip AND remain anonymous, please use Safe Schools Maryland. Remember that Safe Schools Maryland does NOT provide updates on submitted tips.
I am concerned about human trafficking. How do I learn more?
We recommend that you visit the National Human Trafficking Resource Center to learn more about this very important topic.
I am contemplating suicide or self harm. Are there resources available to me beyond 911 or Safe Schools Maryland?
Yes, Maryland has a crisis hotline that you can call at 1-800-422-0009.
I am concerned about child abuse or neglect. How can I report that non-anonymously?
Child Protective Services offices across the State of Maryland and in other jurisdictions regularly accept such reports. Click the button below to contact the most appropriate CPS office for your concerns.