From the Superintendent



Yesterday, I emailed a letter about a new Ohio initiative to strengthen school safety plans and keep our students safer. Almost all of Ohio’s 4,000 schools have submitted a school safety plan as required by state law, and I appreciate the time you have spent on those plans. But a recent review showed that many could be strengthened to help schools save more lives in the event of an emergency. That’s why I’m asking for your help.

My earlier letter asked you to fill out an assessment tool with important questions about your school safety plan. This will help the state’s Center for P-20 Safety and Security and the Ohio Department of Public Safety - Office of Homeland Security work directly with you to improve your plan if it appears there are additional things you should include.

Because this work is so important, please complete the assessment tool by June 27. If you have questions about the assessment or other school safety issues please contact Rick Amweg, director of the state’s Center for P-20 Safety and Security at rick.amweg@education.ohio.gov or (614) 728-5717.

Also, refer to my earlier letter for additional information on Gov. John Kasich’s proposal of $17 million in additional funding for school security upgrades. I’ll tell you more about that in next week’s EdConnection.

Students and Careers
On another note, today Ohio took a big step forward in connecting students with jobs and careers when Gov. John Kasich announced the new and enhanced OhioMeansJobs.com website. It’s an all-in-one resource for educators and their students, enabling our children with unprecedented online assistance in charting a road to a promising career.

A Career Pathways feature of the online service is designed to help students better understand the different kinds of jobs available in each industry, in-demand occupations here in Ohio, how much education is required for each and the average pay. It also provides students with a roadmap for what they need to do to get to the kinds of jobs they want to have.

The website allows students to upload a resume and have it graded for free, find internships, and discover what colleges fit their interests. Their Career Profile can generate suggestions for career options that match their education and interests. Students also can search jobs and internships posted by Ohio employers and create career plans, saving them all in a virtual “backpack” for later reference.

The website also is being promoted to employers, who can search thousands of resumes on the site.

OhioMeansJobs.com can be a powerful tool for schools, both in helping upper-grades career-tech students make a seamless entry to the workforce and as an instructional tool to help lower-grades students begin connecting school and future work. Please start promoting OhioMeansJobs.com to your students, teachers, counselors and parents right away. This tool is too good to pass up.

Thank you for all you do for the girls and boys of Ohio.


Richard A. Ross
Superintendent of Public Instruction