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RLSD Safety Update and SRO Appreciation Day
RLSD Safety Update and SRO Appreciation Day
RLSD Safety Update and SRO Appreciation Day

School safety has become a critical focus in education in the 21st century, and providing safe schools is fundamental to the success of the Ross Local School District.  Not only are Ross students achieving academically, but they are doing so in a safe manner.

There are many layers to providing a safe school environment involving physical, mental, and emotional factors, and the district has implemented various strategies to effectively address them.  The ultimate, district-wide goal is to proactively serve students in overall health, maintaining day-to-day safety protocols, while preparing staff and students for any potential safety challenges.

Each of the Ross Local school buildings is staffed with an armed officer or security officer.  The School Resource Officer (SRO) and four School Security Officers (SSO) do a great job in protecting students and staff.  Not only are they visible each day and building positive relationships with students, they also provide safety training for staff.  Additionally, they lead monthly safety drills with staff and students followed by conversations on what went well and where improvements can be made.

Superintendent, Chad Konkle shares, “Our model of having an armed officer in every school building is very important for our community.  We are thankful for the outstanding work by our officers to keep us safe.  Not every school district has this model.”

To maintain and improve the mental and emotional health of students and staff, the RLSD curriculum department and school counselors have implemented a comprehensive mental health plan.  Catalyst Counseling is a third-party organization that works with families and students to better navigate any mental health issues.  Because of this partnership, school counselors, who are academic counselors, can refer mental health issues to the trained therapists with Catalyst Counseling. 

RLSD also uses curricular programs such as Second Step (K-5) and Sandy Hook Promise (K-12) to provide students with practical tools and strategies for managing mental and emotional health.  In addition, RLSD has developed a strong partnership with 1N5, a nationally recognized, non-profit mental health organization to guide the process in developing a system to monitor and maintain student and staff wellness. 

Finally, Ross Local School District wrote and secured a grant in the amount of $500,000 in funds from the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission and Governor Mike DeWine’s Safety Grant program.  Each of the District’s 5 buildings received $100,000. These funds were used for physical security expenses such as security doors, cameras, radios, ballistics film, interior signs and other upgraded items. 

Students, families, and community members play a pivotal role in school safety as well.  If at any time the safety of a student, staff member or school may be in question, the Safer Ohio School Tip Line is available as an anonymous reporting system that accepts both calls and texts 24 hours-a-day.  Things to report to the tip line include (but are not limited to):

Bullying incidents;
Withdrawn student behaviors;
Verbal or written threats observed toward students, faculty or schools;
Weapon/suspicious devices on or near school grounds;
Gang related activities;
Unusual/suspicious behavior of students or staff;
Self-harm or suicidal sentiments; and
Any other school safety-related concerns.

Thank you for partnering with the Ross Local School District to keep our schools safe.

Ohio Safer School Tip Line 844.723.3764