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Safe Schools Challenge

In an effort to engage our City's youth, Mission Viejo Police Services is excited to announce the Safe Schools Challenge 2 in Mission Viejo! We will be calling on students to be stewards of safety through fun and imaginative videos.
The "Safe Schools Challenge" is a creative, friendly and socially interactive competition designed to empower students to create safer campuses. Students are challenged to create a video, 55 seconds or less, about campus safety that could include topics like anti-bullying; saying no to drugs, alcohol and smoking; cyber or campus safety; having good character; mental-health awareness; reporting suspicious activity and others related to creating a safer school environment.
Students are encouraged to tap their creative sides for the videos by coming up with scenarios and solutions for their topics.  Teachers and administrators at each school will select the winning group's video. With the hashtag #SafeSchoolsMV, the winning videos will then be posted to Mission Viejo Police Services' Facebook and Instagram pages, and the victorious classrooms (or groups) will receive a pizza party with your deputies compliments of our local businesses. The videos will also be rated by a panel of city employees on the message, originality, creativity and production.Please review the rules and voting details below. 

"We're excited to launch this new challenge - a partnership with the City, Sheriff's Department, Saddleback Valley Unified and Capistrano Unified School Districts as well as our community - to promote ideas that enhance school safety through a fun, innovative and all-inclusive challenge," said Lt. Quyen Vuong, Chief of Mission Viejo Police Services.


  • Students must attend a public or private Mission Viejo school to participate.
  • Schools must have a physical, brick and mortar location.
  • Videos must be 55 seconds or less in duration.  
  • Elementary school videos must be created on campus with school staff oversight. 
  • Middle and high school videos must be student-produced.
  • Each classroom or group may work together to create a video and submit to the school administration. Submission deadline to be determined by the school administrator. 
  • School staff and administration will select the school video to represent their school. Winners will be notified and receive a pizza party for up to 35 students at a later date.
  • Contest starts 9-19-19. Each school must submit its selected video to Mission Viejo Police Services (MVPS) by 8 a.m. on 10-1-19 to be entered to win the award money.
  • All school videos will be posted on MVPS Instagram and Facebook pages by 8 a.m. on 10-4-19.
  • All social media voting ends at 8 p.m. on 10-11-19.
  • Criteria used to determine award winning videos
    • 1. Videos must pertain to school safety topics such as: bullying, drug abuse, reporting suspicious activity, mental health awareness, keeping campuses safe.
    • 2. A panel of city employees will view each video using a rubric to score. 
      • 40% Message
      • 25% Originality
      • 25% Creativity
      • 10% Quality/Production
    • 3. Total number of likes on social media. Likes will only be counted on the original post on the MVPS FB and IG pages, NOT on shared pages. Please make sure to refer people to the original page for their "like" to be counted.  You can find us on Facebook and Instagram by searching "ocsdmissionviejo."
    • 4. Student participation at the Walk Against Drugs rally on 10-19-19. Students must check in with MVPS staff by 7:40 a.m. to be counted. Students who volunteer at the fair, in lieu of participating in the rally and walk, can also be counted. These students will need to visit the Volunteer Check-in booth at the fair site before 7:40 a.m. and ask to be counted. This opportunity is offered as part of the Safe Schools Challenge, general sign-in for walk participants will not be conducted at the fair site. 
  • The final determination for the winners will be made based on city employee scores (weighted 50%), total number of likes on social media (weighted 25%) and the participation at the Walk Against Drugs rally (weighted 25%). Each school's total enrollment will be factored into the equation to provide an accurate percentage.
  • For each participating school, a representative will be required to attend the rally. First place winners will have 30 seconds of speaking time at the rally.
  • The top 4 public elementary schools will be awarded: 
    • 1st place- $2500
    • 2nd place- $1250
    • 3rd place- $750
    • 4th place- $500
  • The winning public middle and high school will be awarded $5,000 each.
  • The winning private K-12 will be awarded $2500.
  • All award money will be earmarked for school safety and security improvements.
  • Winners will be announced at the end of the rally at Mission Viejo High School before the walk.