Every district is concerned about the safety of its students. Board members and district administrators must work with local first responders to ensure safety and security plans are comprehensive and up-to-date. The following resources and agencies can assist as you build your safety plans and evaluate the various ways you are working to keep your students safe.

Ohio School Safety Center - 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. Resources include:

Nationwide Children's Hospital On Our Sleeves Campaign - Resources help you help children by starting conversations around social media, helping them navigate it and educating them on how to stay safe online.

Ohio Opioid Education Alliance - A public-private partnership focused on raising awareness of the addiction crisis in Ohio and eliminating stigmas associated with addiction and mental illness.

Ohio State Board of Education anti-harassment, intimidation and bullying model policy

PublicSchoolWORKS - An OSBA affiliate program offering online safety compliance program built specifically for schools.

School Board Safety Checklist - Working with the Governor’s School Safety Task Force and the Ohio School Resource Officers Association, OSBA has helped develop a checklist for safer board meetings. 

Safety and Violence Education Students (SAVE Students) Act - requirements for Safety and violence prevention in Ohio schools.


Other state and federal agencies

National Association of School Resource Officers

Ohio Department of Public Safety

Ohio School Resource Officers Association

U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights Title IX and Sex Discrimination