Hundreds of Ohio schools fail to comply with school safety plan law

Investigation finds no penalty, for non-compliance

CLEVELAND - An exclusive 5 On Your Side investigation has found hundreds of schools across Ohio fail to comply with state law requiring school safety plans.

Under Ohio law, all schools must complete a detailed school safety and floor plan, and submit them to both local law enforcement and the Ohio Attorney General's Office.

A bomb threat, like the one at Olmsted Falls High School on Wednesday, is among the top incidents that trigger a school safety plan to be put in action. Olmsted Falls successfully updated its safety plan in July 2013 and is in compliance.

But a review of the state's school safety database has found 39 schools across the state that have no safety or plans on file--including eight in Cuyahoga County, two in Summit and one in Stark County.

The schools are either newly-opened or private and charter schools. Another 223 schools across Ohio have failed to update their current plan.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has created an online system for filing safety plans and his school safety initiative has made big improvement toward compliance.

Even so, our investigation found there are no penalties or fines levied against schools that fail to comply.

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