(A) The board of education of each city, exempted village, and local school district and the governing authority of each chartered nonpublic school shall adopt a comprehensive school safety plan for each school building under the board's or governing authority's control. The board or governing authority shall examine the environmental conditions and operations of each building to determine potential hazards to student and staff safety and shall propose operating changes to promote the prevention of potentially dangerous problems and circumstances. In developing the plan for each building, the board or governing authority shall involve community law enforcement and safety officials, parents of students who are assigned to the building, and teachers and nonteaching employees who are assigned to the building. The board or governing authority shall consider incorporating remediation strategies into the plan for any building where documented safety problems have occurred.
The board or governing authority shall incorporate into the plan both of the following:
(1) A protocol for addressing serious threats to the safety of school property, students, employees, or administrators;
(2) A protocol for responding to any emergency events that do occur and that compromise the safety of school property, students, employees, or administrators.
Each protocol shall include procedures deemed appropriate by the board or governing authority for responding to threats and emergency events, respectively, including such things as notification of appropriate law enforcement personnel, calling upon specified emergency response personnel for assistance, and informing parents of affected students. Prior to the opening day of each school year, the board or governing authority shall inform each student enrolled in the school and the student's parent of the parental notification procedures included in the protocol.
(B) The board or governing authority shall update the safety plan at least once every three years and whenever a major modification to the building requires changes in the procedures outlined in the plan.
(C) The board or governing authority shall file a copy of the current safety plan and building blueprint with each law enforcement agency that has jurisdiction over the school building and, upon request, the fire department that serves the political subdivision in which the school building is located. The board or governing authority also shall file a copy of the current safety plan and a floor plan of the building, but not a building blueprint, with the attorney general, who shall post that information on the Ohio law enforcement gateway or its successor.
Copies of safety plans, building blueprints, and floor plans shall be filed as described in this division not later than the ninety-first day after March 30, 2007. If a board or governing authority revises a safety plan, building blueprint, or floor plan after the initial filing, the board or governing authority shall file copies of the revised safety plan, building blueprint, or floor plan in the manner described in this division not later than the ninety-first day after the revision is adopted.
Copies of the safety plan and building blueprint are not a public record pursuant to section 149.433 of the Revised Code.
Notwithstanding section 149.433 of the Revised Code, a building floor plan filed with the attorney general pursuant to this division is not a public record to the extent it is a record kept by the attorney general. This paragraph does not affect the status of a floor plan kept as a record by another public office.
The board or governing authority, each law enforcement agency and fire department to which copies of the safety plan and building blueprint are provided, and the attorney general shall keep the copies in a secure place.
(D) The board or governing authority shall grant access to each school building under its control to law enforcement personnel to enable the personnel to hold training sessions for responding to threats and emergency events affecting the building, provided that the access occurs outside of student instructional hours and an employee of the board or governing authority is present in the building during the training sessions.
Amended by 128th General AssemblyFile No.9, HB 1, §101.01, eff. 10/16/2009.
Effective Date: 05-15-2002; 09-28-2006; 03-30-2007