Maumee Schools launch new safety program called SPEAK UP

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MAUMEE, Ohio (WTVG) Maumee schools are now enrolled in a new safety program called SPEAK UP. It's a program that could help divert a crisis.

There's a street in Maumee that runs through the school call Responsibility Lane and administrators are encouraging students to speak up.

"We want to be safe. Safety and security is important to us," said Maumee City School spokesperson Nancy Sayre.

Maumee schools has teamed up with the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Public Safety to launch the safety tool. Speak up is a tip line that allows students, parents, and community members to share information with school leaders and law enforcement about threats. Maumee schools sent out information to parents.

"The early advice to parents is you see it you report it. Anything or anyone would notice out of the ordinary and to talk to the students about the same thing. If you see anything out of the ordinary you need to report it," said Maumee Superintendent Dr. Todd Cramer.

Students and parents can text or call the hotline when they come across information that could harm the school or students. School administrator Nancy Sayre says when she called the phone was answered by an analysts in the Ohio Homeland Security Unit.

"The person at the tip line was able to access Maumee schools individual emergency operation plans which we have filed at the state," said Sayre.

Every call is tracked. The program is free to all schools in Ohio

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