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The State Superintendent of Public Instruction has used his authority provided by HB 197 to approve an extended deadline for the 2020 Emergency Management Test in the wake of coronavirus-related ordered school building closure. For more details, click here.
DeWine Takes the Lead: On August 21, 2019, Governor Mike DeWine signed Executive Order 2019-21D creating the Ohio School Safety Center within Ohio Homeland Security. The Center is responsible for assisting local schools and law enforcement with preventing, preparing for, and responding to threats and acts of violence, including self-harm, through a holistic, solutions-based approach to improving school safety.
School Security Funding: On July 18, 2019, Governor Mike DeWine signed into effect Ohio’s general operating budget (Am. Sub. House Bill 166) which allocated $300,000 per fiscal year toward the promotion of the Ohio School Safety Center Tip Line, informational materials to enhance awareness and utilization of the Tip Line, as well as analytic tools to proactively alert local officials to school security threats.
The COVID CareLine is a new, toll-free number and emotional support call service created by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. Behavioral health professionals will offer confidential support in times of personal crisis when individuals may be struggling to cope with current challenges in their lives. For more information, check out their website
New Cyber Safety Resources Posted: The U.S. Department of Justice and Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency have produced best practice guides and resources to help schools keep their students and staff safe when increasing their use of technology and web conferencing tools. Find out more about these resources.

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**IMPORTANT** Ohio Homeland Security offices are still open. As of March 16th, 2020, we will be operating at minimal staffing levels. We apologize for any delay in responses during this time.

 

Welcome to the Ohio School Safety Center

On August 21, 2019, Governor Mike DeWine signed Executive Order 2019-21D creating the Ohio School Safety Center within Ohio Homeland Security. The Center is responsible for assisting local schools and law enforcement with preventing, preparing for, and responding to threats and acts of violence, including self-harm, through a holistic, solutions-based approach to improving school safety.

To learn more about the work of the Ohio School Safety Center, click here.

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