SAFETY AND VIOLENCE PREVENTION
Ohio House Bill150, which was passed on July 14, 2009, requires elementary, middle school and high school personnel to complete four hours of safety and violence prevention training that includes training in the prevention of child abuse, violence and substance abuse as well as the promotion of positive youth development.
According to Ohio law (House Bill 288), in-service training regarding child sexual abuse must be provided by a law enforcement officer or prosecutor with experience in handling cases involving child sexual abuse or child sexual violence. The online course offered by TCESC in unable to meet that requirement. Educators should be aware that school districts will require them to participate in additional training in order to meet the legal requirement.
The following public school educators must complete the training:
- School psychologists.
New employees must complete the training for the first time within two years of commencing employment.
All professionals must complete the training every five years.
The Depression & Suicide Prevention module must be completed every two years.