COLUMBUS, OH (WOIO) - Statement Regarding School Shooting in Connecticut:
"On behalf of all the educators, parents and citizens of Ohio, I offer our deepest sympathies and prayers for everyone touched by the unspeakable horror at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. Our hearts ache for you. Ohio, too, has known the horror of a recent school shooting and this senseless tragedy reminds us that we must all work together as a nation to make schools the safe places they should be."
Acting Superintendent Michael Sawyers
Reminders About School Safety
The events of today remind us of our responsibilities to keep our students safe.
We remind each local board of education that it is required by state law to adopt a school safety plan for each building under its control and update the plan at least every three years.
The plan must include protocol for addressing serious threats to safety of school property, students, employees or administrators and protocol for responding to emergency events that may occur.
Copies of the school safety plan and blueprints must be filed with local law enforcement agencies and the fire department. The current plan must be filed with the Attorney General's office through their Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
The Ohio Department of Education encourages all school districts to go beyond the minimum requirements of the law to create a system of learning supports that will work together to develop and implement a school safety plan that addresses the prevention of, the preparation for, the response to and the recovery from a crisis.
Schools cannot do this without a partnership between parents, communities and local safety officials. Please continue to be proactive in doing everything possible to protect students.
A number of resources are available on the Department of Education website. You may access those by clicking here.