On March 24, 2021, Ohio's 133rd General Assembly enacted House Bill 123, the "Safety and Violence Education Students (SAVE Students) Act". The SAVE Students Act supports Ohio’s strategic plan for education with respect to school security and youth suicide awareness education and training. The SAVE Students Act was passed knowing that student success is dependent on whether students feel safe and supported in school. The state legislation calls for a comprehensive approach to school safety involving the Ohio Departments of Education, Public Safety, Mental Health and Addiction Services, and Attorney General’s Office. A comprehensive approach includes meeting the physical and emotional safety of both students and educators. When implemented together, prevention curriculum, peer-led clubs, emergency management plans, and threat assessments can create safe and caring learning and working environments for all.
for a further breakdown of the SAVE Students Act's emotional and physical safety requirements and initiation timelines.
The ESC of Northeast Ohio can offer support and guidance around District Suicide and Threat Protocols along with supporting the district’s implementation of HB 123, including consultation and team participation to assess underlying needs and explore services or supports.