State law requires state agencies to develop models and guidance for districts to promote positive social and emotional climate.
Ohio Revised Code 3301.22 Model policy to prohibit harassment, intimidation, or bullying.
The state board of education shall develop a model policy to prohibit harassment, intimidation, or bullying in order to assist school districts in developing their own policies under section 3313.666 of the Revised Code. The board shall issue the model policy within six months after the effective date of this section.
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. (B) The department may use information reported under this section, and any other information collected by the department pursuant to law, as a factor in the distribution of any funding available for prevention-focused programs, services, and supports.
Ohio Revised Code 3319.46 Policy and rules regarding positive behavior intervention supports and the use of physical restraint or seclusion on students; duties of board.
(A) (1) The state board of education shall adopt rules under Chapter 119. of the Revised Code that establish both of the following: (a) A policy and Standard for the implementation of positive behavior intervention and supports framework; (b) A policy and Standard for the use of physical restraint or seclusion on students. (2) Within ninety days after the effective date of this amendment, the state board shall amend or update rule 3301-35-15 of the Administrative Code to reflect the requirements of this section. (B) (1) Each school district board of education shall do all of the following: (a) Implement a positive behavior intervention and supports framework on a system-wide basis that complies with this section; (b) Comply with any policy and Standard adopted, amended, or updated by the state board under this section; (c) Submit any reports required by the department of education or the general assembly with respect to the implementation of a positive behavior intervention and supports framework or suspension and expulsion of students in any of grades pre-kindergarten through three. (2) Each school district’s positive behavior intervention and supports framework may focus on the following: (a) Comprehensive, school-wide data systems that enable monitoring of academic progress, behavioral incidents, attendance, and other critical indicators across classrooms; (b) School-wide investment in evidence-based curricula and effective instructional strategies, matched to students’ needs, and data to support teachers’ academic instruction; (c) An expectation by school administrators that classroom practices be linked to and aligned with the school-wide system; (d) Improving staff climate and culture regarding the role of discipline in the classroom, established through the use of positive and proactive communication and staff recognition. (C) For purposes of this section, “positive behavior intervention and supports framework” or “positive behavior intervention and supports” means a multi-tiered, school-wide, behavioral framework developed and implemented for the purpose of improving academic and social outcomes and increasing learning for all students. (D) The department of education shall oversee each school district’s and school’s compliance with this section.
Ohio Revised Code 5.2296 School Bullying Prevention and Awareness Act.
The month of September shall be designated as “School Bullying Prevention Awareness Month” to highlight the policies prohibiting harassment, intimidation, or bullying adopted by schools in the state and the required notice of those policies sent to parents and guardians annually under section 3313.666 of the Revised Code.