Secure Portal for Schools to Submit Safety Plans Now Online
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Ohio Superintendent of Public Instruction Richard A. Ross announced that Ohio schools may now submit school safety plans via a secure online portal. The portal is one of the many recommendations of the School Safety Task Force which have been implemented.
State law requires each Ohio school to submit school floor and safety plans to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. The plans are placed on the Ohio Law Enforcement Gateway (OHLEG) so they can be used by law enforcement and first responders in case of an emergency.
Task force members from the Ohio Department of Education and the Attorney General’s Office worked to help create a system where schools could upload the plans to the Department’s Security Application for Enterprise (SAFE) Web portal. The application in SAFE transfers uploaded plans to OHLEG for use by first responders.
The Task Force also published a model safety plan template that schools could use to discuss with stakeholders how to improve and strengthen their schools’ plans. Safety plans should be structured so that pertinent information for first responders is accessible at the beginning of each plan.
For more information on the task force and school safety resources, please visit www.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov/SchoolSafety or education.ohio.gov/Topics/Other-Resources/School-Safety.