Mary Alice Reporting – Ohio House Bill 123 is in committee and looks to enact the Safety and Violence Education Students (SAVE Students) Act.

The legislation relates to school security and youth suicide awareness education and training. It would also specify which public school would be eligible for safety training grants for the fiscal year 2021.

District 6 Senator Peggy Lehner supports the measure that also includes a pilot program for additional funding provisions, for grades eight through 12th, in certain E-schools where the majority of those were enrolled in a dropout prevention and recovery program.

“Specifically, this bill would require each school district to register with the Safer Ohio tip line or with another anonymous reporting program to submit data reports on the anonymous tips of suicide to ODE (Ohio Department of Education) and DTS.”

Bill 123 also lays out the requirement for public schools, serving grades 6th through 12th, to have a threat assessment within 2-years of the potential bill’s effective date; as well as, provide instruction on suicide awareness and prevention, social inclusion, and safety training.

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