Frequently Asked Questions for Schools and School Officials
What is Safe Schools Maryland?
Safe Schools Maryland is an
tip line and reporting system that allows students, parents, and community members to easily and anonymously report school or student safety concerns anywhere in Maryland. Tips received are routed to school, public safety, health, and/or social services personnel for follow up.
How are tips reported?
There are three ways to anonymously report information to
Safe Schools Maryland:
→App: SafeSchoolsMD available in both the Apple App Store and Google Play
→Phone: 1-833-MD-B-SAFE (1-833-632-7233)
How does the process work?
Trained tip takers respond to tips 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year. In cases of immediate life threats or crimes in progress, local 9-1-1 and law enforcement will be notified immediately. In situations where a credible tip is impending but not immediate, or cases in which information is useful to the school but does not warrant immediate action, designated school officials are notified through the
Safe Schools Maryland
system. In all cases, designated school officials are notified for follow-up.
Who can report a tip?
Tips can be reported by all members of the community.
Does this change how our school handles safety issues or follows up on safety-related incidents?
No. In fact,
Safe Schools Maryland
is just another way for information to come to the attention of the school and supports your existing practices, policies, and initiatives.
Safe Schools Maryland encourages schools to leverage the program as part of their overall school safety plan.
Safe Schools Maryland, will it appear that my school is unsafe?
No. In fact, just the opposite is true. By being a member of
Safe Schools Maryland, you give parents, students, staff, and community members a chance to report concerns before they become major issues. You take a proactive preventative approach instead of waiting until an issue arises and reacting.
Does this replace 9-1-1?
No. Individuals should still call 9-1-1 in cases of emergency. Any immediate life threats or crimes in progress that come into
Safe Schools Maryland will be routed to 9-1-1 along with designated school recipients.
Is there a fee for schools to join?
No. There are zero fees for any Maryland school - public, private, or otherwise - to join and maintain membership with
Safe Schools Maryland.
How can my school be involved?
Schools can choose to join Safe Schools Maryland by using this form. Upon completion of the registration form, contacts will be added to the system and a 45-minute training session on how to use the system and address tips will be scheduled. Each contact listed for that school should attend a training session, as there are important privacy and security guidelines that are covered. You can also become a champion for
Safe Schools Maryland in your school community by both ensuring staff and students are aware of the program and looking for opportunities to promote
Safe Schools Maryland wherever possible throughout the school year. Free promotional materials that you are encouraged to share with your community are available within the “Multimedia Resources” tab on this page of the Maryland for School Safety (MCSS) website.
Can I request a presentation or training session for my school, staff, or students?
Yes! MCSS is available to conduct an overview presentation of
Safe Schools Maryland and training sessions for school staff members on how to navigate the entire anonymous reporting system.
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