Last year's mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut prompted schools around the country to assess their safety procedures. School districts are enhancing their safety plans with a mix of training and technology.
To date, roughly 2300 schools in the state have applied for grants to improve safety this year, according to the Ohio School Facilities Commission. One of those is Mad River Local Schools.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is ready to announce the recommendations of a committee formed to evaluate school safety in the wake of last year's school shootings in Connecticut and in Chardon in northeast Ohio.
The task force includes educators and police and fire officials ordered to review ways to improve school safety plans.
The plans are schools' responses to a variety of emergencies, from active shooters to fires, accidents, severe weather or medical emergencies.
Clark County Commissioners have agreed to hire two Clark County deputies to provide extra security for county schools. The plan is part of an ongoing effort to make schools safer without having to arm teachers.
The NRA's national effort to arm teachers in public and private schools after the tragic Newtown, Connecticut shootings received support from Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, who supported police academy firearms training for school administrators, staff and teachers.
An Ohio Senate committee plans to hold hearings on school safety matters beginning next week with a meeting focused on prevention and mental health.
The panel was created this year to address school security and prevention of violent acts in public spaces. It comes after last year's deadly shootings at a Chardon high school and elementary school in Newtown, Conn.
The first hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday. Other hearings focusing on security, school infrastructure and law enforcement response are scheduled for March.