State law requires districts to provide professional development for school personnel on bullying prevention and response.
Ohio Revised Code 3313.6024 Report regarding prevention-focused programs, services, and supports.
(A) Annually, beginning in the 2019-2020 school year, each school district shall report to the department of education, in the manner prescribed by the department, the types of prevention-focused programs, services, and supports used to assist students in developing the knowledge and skills to engage in healthy behaviors and decision-making and to increase their awareness of the dangers and consequences of risky behaviors, including substance abuse, suicide, bullying, and other harmful behaviors. The district shall report the following information regarding such programs, services, and supports for each building operated by the district and for each of grades kindergarten through twelve served by the building: (1) Curriculum and instruction provided during the school day; (2) Programs and supports provided outside of the classroom or outside of the school day; (3) Professional development for teachers, administrators, and other staff; (4) Partnerships with community coalitions and organizations to provide prevention services and resources to students and their families; (5) School efforts to engage parents and the community; (6) Activities designed to communicate with and learn from other schools or professionals with expertise in prevention education.
Ohio Revised Code 3313.666 District policy prohibiting harassment, intimidation, or bullying required.
(C) Each board’s policy shall appear in any student handbooks, and in any of the publications that set forth the comprehensive rules, procedures, and Standard of conduct for schools and students in the district. The policy and an explanation of the seriousness of bullying by electronic means shall be made available to students in the district and to their custodial parents or guardians. Information regarding the policy shall be incorporated into employee training materials.
Ohio Revised Code 3313.667 Bullying prevention initiatives.
(A) Any school district may form bullying prevention task forces, programs, and other initiatives involving volunteers, parents, law enforcement, and community members. (B) To the extent that state or federal funds are appropriated for these purposes, each school district shall provide training, workshops, or courses on the district’s harassment, intimidation, or bullying policy adopted pursuant to section 3313.666 of the Revised Code to school employees and volunteers who have direct contact with students and are not subject to section 3319.073 of the Revised Code. Time spent by school employees in the training, workshops, or courses shall apply towards any state- or district-mandated continuing education requirements. (C) This section does not create a new cause of action or a substantive legal right for any person.
Ohio Revised Code 3319.073 In-service training in child abuse prevention programs school safety and violence prevention and training on the board's harassment intimidation or bullying policy.
(A) The board of education of each city and exempted village school district and the governing board of each educational service center shall adopt or adapt the curriculum developed by the department of education for, or shall develop in consultation with public or private agencies or persons involved in child abuse prevention or intervention programs, a program of in-service training in the prevention of child abuse, violence, and substance abuse and the promotion of positive youth development. Each person employed by any school district or service center to work in a school as a nurse, teacher, counselor, school psychologist, or administrator shall complete at least four hours of the in-service training within two years of commencing employment with the district or center, and every five years thereafter. A person who is employed by any school district or service center to work in an elementary school as a nurse, teacher, counselor, school psychologist, or administrator on March 30, 2007, shall complete at least four hours of the in-service training not later than March 30, 2009, and every five years thereafter. A person who is employed by any school district or service center to work in a middle or high school as a nurse, teacher, counselor, school psychologist, or administrator on October 16, 2009, shall complete at least four hours of the in-service training not later than October 16, 2011, and every five years thereafter.
(C) Each board shall incorporate training on the board’s harassment, intimidation, or bullying policy adopted under section 3313.666 of the Revised Code into the in-service training required by division (A) of this section. Each board also shall incorporate training in the prevention of dating violence into the in-service training required by that division for middle and high school employees. The board shall develop its own curricula for these purposes.