State law encourages or requires inter-agency coordination as part of initial emergency plan development only.
Ohio Administrative Code 3301-5-01 Requirements for the emergency management plan and test.
(C) Stakeholder community engagement
- (1) In developing the emergency management plan for each building, the administrator shall involve the following stakeholders:
- (a) Community law enforcement and safety officials (including, but not limited to, law enforcement, fire, emergency medical personnel, and any local divisions having county-wide emergency management);
- (b) Parents or legal guardians of students who are assigned to the building;
- (c) Teachers who are assigned to the building; and
- (d) Non-teaching employees who are assigned to the building.
Ohio Revised Code 3313.536 School emergency management plans.
(1) Not later than the first day of July of each year, each administrator shall review the emergency management plan and certify to the department of education that the plan is current and accurate.
Ohio Revised Code 3737.73 Safety drills or rapid dismissals; tornado safety precautions; inspections, warnings.
(D) (1) (a) The principal or person in charge of each public or private school or educational institution shall conduct school safety drills at least three times during the school year, pursuant to division (E) of this section, to provide pupils with instruction in the procedures to follow in situations where pupils must be secured in the school building or rapidly evacuated in response to a threat to the school involving an act of terrorism; a person possessing a deadly weapon or dangerous ordnance, as defined in section 2923.11 of the Revised Code, on school property; or other act of violence. At least one safety drill shall include a scenario where pupils must be secured in the school building rather than rapidly evacuated. Each safety drill shall be conducted in conjunction with the police chief or other similar chief law enforcement officer, or designee, of the municipal corporation, township, or township or joint police district in which the school or institution is located, or, in absence of any such person, the county sheriff of the county, or designee, in which the school or institution is located. (b) In addition to the three safety drills described in division (D)(1)(a) of this section, the principal or person in charge shall conduct a theoretical school safety drill at least once during the school year to provide all faculty and staff employed by the school or institution with instruction in the procedures to follow in such situations. The theoretical drill does not need to include student participation and may be conducted at the annual training session required by division (D)(3) of this section. (c) All safety drills required under division (D) of this section shall be conducted pursuant to the district’s or school’s emergency management plan adopted under section 3313.536 of the Revised Code. (2) (a) The principal or person in charge of each public or private school or educational institution shall provide to the police chief or other similar chief law enforcement officer of the municipal corporation, township, or township or joint police district in which the school or institution is located, or, in absence of any such person, the county sheriff of the county in which the school or institution is located advance written notice of each school safety drill required under division (D)(1) of this section and shall keep a written record of the date and time of each drill conducted. The advance notice shall be provided not later than seventy-two hours prior to the date the drill will be conducted and shall include the date and time the drill will be conducted and the address of the school or educational institution. The notice shall be provided by mail, facsimile, or electronic submission.