School Safety Policy

The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) was required to adopt a policy regarding school safety, after receiving input from local education agencies, pursuant to section 9532 of the No Child Left Behind Act. The following ODE policy was adopted by the State Board of Education on May 13, 2003:

A student attending a persistently dangerous public elementary or secondary school in Ohio, or who becomes the victim of a violent criminal offense, as determined by Ohio law, while in or on the grounds of a public elementary or secondary school that the student attends in Ohio during the time school is in session, or during school sponsored activities, shall be allowed to attend a public elementary or secondary school within the same school district that is not persistently dangerous, provided there is such a school in the district that offers instruction at the student's grade level.

"School" as used in this policy includes community schools created pursuant to Chapter 3314 of the Ohio Revised Code.

"Grounds of a public elementary or secondary school" as used in this policy also includes school bus transportation to and from school and school sponsored activities and designated school bus stops.

"Violent criminal offense" as used in this policy refers to any violent criminal offense as set forth and defined in Ohio law which is violent in nature.

"As determined by Ohio law" when used in this policy means that the student has been identified as the victim and the perpetrator has plead guilty to or been adjudicated or convicted of a violent criminal offense in an Ohio court.

"Persistently dangerous" as used in this policy means that a school has two or more weapon-related incidents for which a student is removed from school, per 100 students, in each of two consecutive school years; however, in schools with 300 or fewer students enrolled, the school will be designated "persistently dangerous" only if it has six or more weapon-related incidents for which a student is removed from school occurring in each of two consecutive schools years. Likewise, if a school has 1,350 or more students enrolled, the school will be designated "persistently dangerous" if it has 27 or more weapon-related incidents for which a student is removed from school occurring in each of two consecutive school years.

A school is no longer designated "persistently dangerous" when the rate of weapon-related incidents for which a student is removed from school is less than two per 100 students or when schools with enrollments of 300 or fewer students have fewer than six weapon-related incidents for which a student is removed from school and schools with enrollments of 1,350 or more students have fewer than 27 weapon-related incidents for which a student is removed from school in a school year.

A school will also be designated “persistently dangerous” if two or more violent criminal offenses, as determined by Ohio law, per 100 students, occur in or on school grounds in each of two consecutive years. However, any school, regardless of size of enrollment, will be designated “persistently dangerous” if five or more violent criminal offenses, as determined by Ohio law, occur in or on school grounds, in each of two consecutive years.

A school will no longer be designated “persistently dangerous” when the rate of violent criminal offenses goes below the threshold above.

This policy will be reviewed by the State Board of Education in the future as data become available and is subject to revision.

Last Modified: 7/2/2013 1:49:16 PM