The Secure School Alliance conducted a comprehensive public domain scan of state legislation related to all aspects of school safety and security, including: 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. This work was completed with the support of the Police Foundation and Dr. Erroll Southers.


Promising Practices

● Requires each school to develop and adopt a comprehensive emergency management plan that examines the environmental conditions and operations of each building to determine potential hazards and other problems/circumstances, addresses serious threats to safety of property and persons, protocols for responding to any emergencies, and involves law enforcement and safety officials, parents, and teachers and staff

● Requires floor plans to be unique to each floor of the building and site plans that include all building and surrounding property that must be submitted to the department of education at least once every three years or whenever a major modification is made, and to local law enforcement. The plan must then be submitted to the attorney general and director of public safety

● Requires school administrator to inform each student or parent about the procedures included in the protocol

● Requires the conduct of at least one annual emergency management test

● Requires each school to be made available to local law enforcement and emergency management personnel for the purposes of training to respond to emergency events

State of Ohio

The legislative review utilized open source research, and encompasses all legislation that was officially codified by January 13, 2017.

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