More OH schools file safety plan with AG

Sandy Hook massacre is driving force

CINCINNATI - The Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre is prompting more and more Ohio schools to get their required safety plans and school building layouts to the Ohio Attorney General's office.

One week ago, that number was 145. As of just before 5 p.m. Friday evening, the list was down to 52 schools, with only three in the Greater Cincinnati area – The Goddard School in South Lebanon, Accelerated Achievement Academy of East Cincinnati and St. John the Baptist School in Harrison.

Goddard tells 9 On Your Side it doesn't fall under that law.

Officials from St. John the Baptist say it submitted its plan earlier this week.

The attorney general isn't saying these schools don't have a plan in place, just that one hasn't been filed with the state.

A spokesperson for the attorney general says they're working with all schools to get their plans submitted as soon as possible.

Twenty-two schools from Southwestern Ohio were on the list as of Monday afternoon, but when contacted by 9 On Your Side, a total 19 said they'd filed their plans or working to clarify that they had filed them.

School safety plans were required by the Ohio Legislature in 2007 after shooting deaths at a school in the Northeastern Ohio community of Chardon.

They list policies and protocol to follow in the event of an emergency situation, plus a floor plan of the schools uploaded to OGLEG, the Ohio Law Enforcement Gateway.

That allow first responders who may not be familiar with the building to immediately know the building layout plus the entrances and exits.

"We've written letters and made phone calls to increase the number of filings," said DeWine. "We're still encouraging schools to file."

DeWine said there shouldn't be any confusion about the issue.

"We're not blaming anyone," he said. "I'm simply here to get everyone to comply with that because a school can have a plan and it can be a good plan and that's great.  "But, they need to file it with us, not to conform to Ohio law, but they need to file it with us so that we can put it up on OHLEG so that a police agency can pull it down."

"Please file it," he added. "I think they're just trying to do their best. My job is to remind them to file it."

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