School Safety Plans

School Safety Plans - Prevent, Prepare, Respond, Recover

If you have any questions about the following information, please contact the Center for P-20 Safety and Security at 614-644-2641 or send us and email at Safer.Schools@education.ohio.gov.

Ohio’s curernt school safety plan statute went into effect on January 5, 2015.  This page provides links to the Ohio Revised Code statute, the associated Administrative rule, and resources that will help you comply with the law. 

The documents in the table below are samples of the four components required for compliance with ORC 3313.536.  Documents need to be uploaded and kept current in SAFE, which you can reach by clicking here.

Safety Plan Resources - REQUIRED DOCUMENT SAMPLES

Sample Safety Plan

A safety plan is a comprehensive all-hazards plan that takes into account all threats and hazards for a particular school.  The plan must address ways the administrator will address those threats and a protocol for responding to those threats. 

Guide for Developing and Submitting Floor Plans

Floor plans must be submitted for each floor of each building for which you are responsible, and identify key infrastructure elements of the building.

Model School Site Plans

A site plan is a view of your facility and all surrounding area, and identifies school buildings and nearby roadways.

Emergency Contact Sheet and Signature Page

An emergency sheet contains information so first responders can reach you and other people within your organization during an emergency, while the signature page identifies stakeholder involvement. 

(Updated November 2016)

Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools - Virtual Toolkit

How to Comply (Frequently Asked Questions)

Ohio Revised Code 3313.536 requires the Administrator of each facility in the state of Ohio that provides educational services to children and is subject to regulation by the Ohio Department of Education to submit an emergency management plan. Other regulations are also in place including the requirement to conduct an annual review and exercise of the plan.  The statute can be found here: http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/3313.536. Ohio schools submit school safety plans via a secure online SAFE portal to help first responders in case of an emergency.  

State experts with Ohio Homeland Security review the safety plan information submitted and provide guidance to help schools implement best practices and improve their plans.  The grading ruberic used to determine compliance (known as the Gap Analysis Tool, or GAT) can be found by clicking here.  Additionally, the statute requires schools to review their plans each year and conduct emergency training drills so students and teachers can practice what to do in the case of a real emergency.

Again, if you have any questions about this information, please contact the Center for P-20 Safety and Security at 614-644-2641 or send us and email at Safer.Schools@education.ohio.gov.  If you would like to speak with Ohio Homeland Security Plan Evaluators regarding emergency plan development, please call 614-728-0424.