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Georgia's School Safety Hotline

August 25, 2016

The Georgia Department of Education operates a School Safety Hotline as a resource to teachers, administrators, students and parents. The mission of the hotline is to “provide a safe and secure environment conducive to learning…” for every school community.

The hotline is toll-free and anonymous and can be reached by dialing 1-877-SAY-STOP (1-877-729-7867). An initiative of the Georgia Safety and Violence Task Force, this is the nation’s first state-sponsored school safety hotline.

About the Hotline

The hotline was created for crisis prevention. Any time a student feels unsafe in a situation they can dial the number and speak to a hotline operator. Students and others can use the hotline when they anticipate physical violence, when they witness illegal activity — like buying, selling or using drugs or alcohol — and in bullying situations.

If the call is not urgent the operator can contact the appropriate law enforcement agency and the school system. The Department of Education has requested that school systems inform them of the situation, outcome and any actions that were taken when a call comes in.

The hotline is toll-free and is available 24-hours a day. The Department of Education operates the hotline during regular business hours and the Georgia Department of Public Safety takes over after hours, on weekends and on holidays.

Schools are asked to promote the hotline so students and faculty are aware of the resource. Georgia schools can place these hotline posters around their facilities.

It’s important that our children are not only safe, but also feel safe, when they go to school. Tell your children about the hotline and empower them to report harmful and illegal activity when they see it happening — it could save a life.

Chelsea Stephens

About the Author

Chelsea Stephens is the Marketing & Training Lead for Digital Services Georgia. A Georgia native herself, Chelsea enjoys writing on topics that citizens and visitors of Georgia can enjoy and learn from. 

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