With school starting back, many departments are preparing to greet students.

The office of technology and information at the Harrison County Board Office is starting the school year with a new program it didn’t start the year with last year. The Safe School Helpline is an app on all student iPads and is used to report bullying and other school-related incidents. 

The program was installed on school iPads in late spring last year and already seems to be working. 

“We got about 20 incidents that were reported, so it is good information and the principals are very receptive to it so we are able to address problems hopefully before they escalate,” said Todd Poole, Supervisor of Technology and Information. 

The Safe School Helpline is, of course, available to students and staff but can also be used by community members as well.