Grade 7-12 students can use OCSBconnect to anonymously report bullying incidents as they are actually happening. The information is tracked and instantly relayed to school administration through a service centre. Here’s a quick overview of what would happen when a student witnesses an incident they want to report:1. Student submits a tip.
A student sends an anonymous tip to school staff by phoning, texting, or using the free OCSBconnect app. Their phone number is never recorder or tracked. When the student phones in to report an incident, they will hear:“You have reached OCSBconnect. Press 1 to connect with an operator via text messagePress 2 to connect with a Kids Help Phone operator via anonymous voice callIf this is an emergency, call 911”2. Details and facts are gathered.
The service centre receives the anonymous tip and links it to a particular school. It also tags the tip with an incident type, prioritizes it, and notifies school personnel of the incident. 3. Tip and related information is sent to school for staff action.
Once all of the pertinent information is gathered, the tip and related information is sent to the school where staff respond to the information received by following school and Board protocols.Note: The service centre does not offer any counselling. If a student uses OCSBconnect and requires counselling, the service centre will direct the student to contact the school during regular school hours, or will connect them to Kids Help Phone if it’s outside school hours.