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Welcome Message from Kelley Hodge

My name is Kelley Hodge, and I am your Safe Schools Advocate. My number one priority is to ensure that if you are a victim of school violence, you get the help that you need. If, while you are at school or on your way to school, you have been bullied, harassed, assaulted or threatened, I want to know.

As your advocate, there are many things I can do to help you. Beyond providing information on available victims' support services , I can – when requested by you – represent you at disciplinary hearings. As a victim of school violence, you have rights and the Office of Safe Schools Advocate (OSSA) is here to protect them.

OSSA is located in the School District Educational Center (Suite #1198) and the hours are 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. (If you leave a voicemail message after these hours or on the weekend, it will be returned the next business day.) The hotline number is 1-877-730-6315.

Please know that I am honored to have the opportunity to be entrusted with helping you. My staff and I stand ready to assist. We look forward to helping to promote a learning environment where students and staff are safe.

--- Kelley B. Hodge, Esq. - Biography

 

OSSA Announcements

June Highlights

June 1st is Stand up for Children Day - The first Stand Up for Children Day was 1996 and spun off Stand for Children which advocates for education reform for children and runs training seminars for parents to become more involved in the success of their children. Their motto is: Channeling the power of parents and educators to transform our public schools. Get the facts and learn more about their accomplishments and current initiatives. - See more...

Whether it is through Stand For Children, or another organization - we should all strive to make sure children can be happier, healthier and better educated.

National Safety Month

June is National Safety Month and it's never too early to start planning a safer school year next fall.

  • Take a moment to review these tips for safety on the school bus - many of them also apply to public transit as well!
  • If you are walking to school, take the time to review the Walk Safe PHL routes, and see if you can't find someone with whom you can partner up to make your walk safer!
  • In the summer more people use their bicycles to get from Point A to Point B - take the time to review some safety precautions where cycling is concerned. And if you're in Philadelphia, contact the Bicycle Coalition for tips and tricks to make your cycling safer.
  • And since it is the start of summer when it's hotter, and you're more active - take the time now to review the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion!

May Highlights

Mental Health Awareness Month

National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day 2014

Children and adolescents with mental health problems such as ADHD or autism are more likely to be the victims of bullying or harassment. Unfortunately this means that they are more likely to suffer from depression, anxiety, sleep and health issues as well.

Did you know that having a mood disorder may increase your heart attack risk and decrease your ability to recover from other illnesses like stroke, diabetes, multiple sclerosis and cancer? Most mental health disorders are completely treatable. Get started taking control of your future by assessing your mental health with a quick screening.

Law Enforcement Appreciation Month

May is also the month to honour our law enforcement personnel. School police, like their city counterparts, are not there only to punish – they provide themselves as role models for youth. Stop and thank your local police officer for all they do and are for you.