Ohio

Safer Schools Ohio

The Center for P-20 Safety and Security was formed as a collaborative effort between the Ohio Department of Higher Education and the Ohio Department of Education to create safe and supportive learning environments and respond to violence and its causes in educational settings throughout Ohio. Center personnel focus on school climate, safety, security and emergency management concerns in the K-12 and higher education environments, providing guidance and direction to promote physically safe and emotionally secure environments for students, educators, and staff.

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Safer Schools Ohio: School Safety Plans 

Ohio’s current school safety plan statute went into effect on January 5, 2015.  This page provides links to the Ohio Revised Code statute, the associated Administrative rule, and resources that will help you comply with the law. 

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Ohio Attorney General School Safety Task Force

Ensuring that our children are safe in school is among the most important responsibilities of Ohio communities — one that requires the attention, cooperation, and communication of many partners. By working together, we can help prevent crises and respond effectively if they do occur.

The Attorney General’s School Safety Task Force — made up of public safety officials, school personnel, mental health professionals, and others — has worked to help make a difference in these efforts. The School Safety Task Force has produced a comprehensive report of recommendations and resources that addresses school safety plans and operations, training and local partnerships to manage school-based critical incidents, and mental health issues that can impact school safety. It also developed a School Safety/Emergency Operations Plan that guides schools and their community partners in efforts to safeguard our children.

All Ohio schools are required to file school safety plans and building floor plans with the Ohio Department of Education and to update them every three years or whenever significant construction or renovation occurs. The Ohio Department of Education submits these plans to our office and we make them available to emergency responders through the Attorney General’s Ohio Law Enforcement Gateway.

We believe that with the tools provided here and careful planning and training that involves all necessary local partners, our schools and their communities will be well-prepared to do all they can to protect Ohio schoolchildren.

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Ohio School Safety Legislation 

In 2018, the Police Foundation staff conducted a comprehensive public domain scan of state legislation from all 50 states and the District of Columbia related to the following aspects of school safety and security:

  • facility security and assessment requirements;
  • creation, and identification of roles and responsibilities for state school safety centers and school safety teams/committees;
  • requirements for school administrators and faculty;
  • allocation of funds for improving school safety and security; and
  • all-hazards emergency planning and preparedness.

The Police Foundation also reviewed legislation and amendments passed by state legislatures and signed into law following the mass violence attacks at schools in Parkland, Florida, and Santa Fe, Texas. Seven states—Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island—officially codified new significant school safety and security laws that address at least one of the aspects mentioned above. The legislative review utilized open source research, and encompasses all legislation that was officially codified by September 11, 2018.

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