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Safety & Security

Groveport Madison Schools takes the safety of our students and staff very seriously. As part of the Student Services Department, they coordinate the District's safety and risk management program and provide guidance to schools and departments in maintaining a safe physical environment, adhering to safety regulations and maintaining required records. The Department also serves as District liaison with local, state, & federal agencies.

Safer Schools Ohio Tip Line

Safer Schools Ohio Tip Line
The Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Public Safety sponsors the SaferOH tip line that will accept both calls and texts 24 hours a day. This tip line allows students and adults to anonymously share information with school officials and law enforcement about threats to student safety—whether that involves a threatened mass incident or harm to a single student.

Every tip can remain anonymous. School safety analysts may ask for additional information, but the caller can remain secret or leave his or her contact information for later follow-up. Calls or texts to 844-SaferOH (844-723-3764) are answered by analysts in the Ohio Homeland Security’s Threat Assessment and Prevention (TAP) Unit.  When action is needed, the TAP Unit immediately forwards information to local school officials, local law enforcement agencies and others, if necessary.

Response Level Definitions

STAY PUT:  Movement is restricted within the building due to an unexpected event.
Classrooms are locked and secured, and access to the school is restricted. Students remain inside their classrooms, and all students must be accounted for.
Example:  A "Stay Put" status may be implemented in the event of a disturbance, an individual requiring medical attention, or an urgent maintenance issue needing to be addressed.

SHELTER IN PLACE:  Movement is restricted within the building
Move all students and staff inside the building and to a secure area.
Example: A "Shelter in Place" status may be implemented during a severe weather incident, chemical spill, or crash scene near the school.

SECURED PERIMETER:  Movement is restricted outside the building due to a potential safety concern.
Exterior doors are locked, and access to the school is restricted. Regular school day activities will continue inside the building, but activities outside the building are not permitted.
Example:  A "Secure Perimeter" order may be implemented in the event of a suspicious person in the neighborhood or by order of law enforcement officials.

LOCKDOWN:  This is a risk of imminent life-threatening danger.
Classrooms are locked and secured, and access to the school is restricted. Classrooms must take appropriate actions based on the situation (including rapid evacuation, barricade, etc.)


Paul Smathers
Deputy Superintendent/ Director of Safety

Call for Help

Immediate Assistance - 911 
Columbus Police Dispatch - 614-645-4545
Franklin County Sheriff - 614-525-3333
Groveport Police - 614-525-3333
Madison Township Police - 614-836-9000

GMHS Safety Survey Results

Resources for Parents

Bullying Reports

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