150 Ohio Schools Haven’t Submitted Required Safety Plans

COLUMBUS, Ohio — More than 150 schools across Ohio have failed to submit the safety plans and building blueprints to state officials that are required by law.

Under state law, districts are required to file building blueprints and safety plans with the attorney general’s office, Vindy.com reports. The information is stored electronically and available to law enforcement as needed. It should be updated every few years or as buildings are constructed.

“The great majority of Ohio schools have filed their plans with us, but for more than 150 school buildings we have not received anything,” said Attorney General DeWine in a statement. “We hope that we will never experience school violence and we must do all we can to prevent it. Having these plans in place and ready to be accessed by local law enforcement is an important part of our efforts to protect children.”

Before a recent push last month, 383 of Ohio’s 4,356 school buildings had yet to file the plans, The Columbus Dispatch reports. DeWine’s office is also working to develop a set of standards to ensure the plans are both useful and able to be scanned into a computer system.

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