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      Schools can now share safety plans securely online

      Ohio schools may now submit safety plans to the state online.

      Schools around Ohio can now ensure they are prepared in case of an emergency by submitting safety plans for first responders online.

      Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Ohio Superintendent of Public Instruction Richard A. Ross announced Thursday that Ohio schools may now begin submitting school safety plans via a secure online portal used by first responders in case of an emergency.

      "Schools told us that we can help them make it easy to submit school safety plans if they could submit them electronically, and I am pleased that we have launched this new, secure online portal," said Attorney General DeWine. "These school safety plans are so important to first responders in case of an emergency."

      The portal was created as part of the Attorney General's School Safety Task Force announced earlier this year. Ohio law requires each school in the state to submit school floor plans and safety plans that can then be used by law enforcement should an emergency, such as a shooting, occur.

      READ: Ohio school safety task force recommends changes after shootings

      The Task Force has also published a model safety plan template for schools to use to improve or strengthen their plans.

      "When I talk to parents around the state, their top concern is the safety of their children. We need to support our schools' efforts to protect our boys and girls," said Ross. "This portal will help school administrators submit quality school safety plans that can be shared with local law enforcement and emergency agencies."