August 28, 2013
Everyone can contribute to a safe and healthy school environment. Often, tips from parents and students can prevent youth violence, drug and alcohol abuse, gang involvement and other dangers to the safety of students. MCPS has a confidential Safe Schools Hotline to report threats, or safety and security violations. You can call 301-517-5995, 24 hours a day/seven days a week. Students who see something and/or hear something suspicious that they would like to report can Text-a-Tip to 274637 (CRIMES).
Parents are encouraged to learn more about MCPS safety procedures by visiting the Safety and Security website. Videos on the site explain school security procedures and protocols, including the difference between a lockdown, shelter in place, and evacuation. There’s also information about cyber-security, emergency preparedness and much more.
MCPS also encourages students and parents to report incidences of bullying, harassment and intimidation that occur on school property, on a school bus, or at a school-sponsored activity. Bullying can be verbal, physical, or written (including electronic) and can be reported by students, parents, close adult relatives and school staff members. The reports, which are submitted to the school principal, can be made on the Bullying, Harassment or Intimidation Reporting Form.