State law encourages districts to integrate social-emotional learning or character education into the school curriculum.
Ohio Administrative Code 3301-35-01. Purpose and definitions.
(A) The purpose for adopting the rules in this chapter, which comprise the operating Standard for Ohio school districts and elementary and secondary schools, is to assure that all students are provided a general education of high quality. The rules in this chapter establish specific expectations for school districts and schools to use in creating the best learning conditions for meeting the personalized and individualized needs of each student and achieving state and local educational goals and objectives. The operating Standard focus on the most critical expectations for school districts and schools in order to foster a regulatory system that focuses on improving outputs and student outcomes. (B) The following terms are defined as they are used in this chapter: (14) “Extended learning opportunities” means a variety of initiatives that ensure students have access to a diverse array of content-rich, high-quality opportunities that expand the time they are actively engaged in learning. These opportunities provide students with structured opportunities for academic support and enrichment, extra-curricular activities, service-learning; mentoring, recreation, character education, and other developmental activities.