Substitute House Bill 276 of the 126th Ohio General Assembly (2007) mandated
that the Ohio Department of Education develop a safety and violence prevention
curriculum to train elementary school professionals in the prevention of child
abuse, violence, and substance abuse and the promotion of positive youth
development (ORC 3301-073).
Amended Substitute House Bill 1 of the 128th Ohio General Assembly (2009) extended this requirement to include public middle school and high school personnel. All K-12 school professionals who were employed on the effective date of the legislation are required to fulfill the expanded in-service training requirements by March 30, 2009, and every five years thereafter. New employees must complete the training within two years of commencing employment, and every five years thereafter.
teachers, counselors, school psychologists and administrators at public
elementary, middle and high schools must take the training. School districts
and educational service centers may adopt or adapt the curriculum developed by
the Ohio Department of Education for this purpose, or they may develop their
own program in consultation with public or private agencies or persons involved
in child abuse prevention or intervention.
The previous requirements for these staff members
to take in-service child abuse detection training in Ohio Revised Code
Section 3319.073 was expanded with subsequent legislation. House
Bill 19 adopted on March 29, 2010 added teen dating violence prevention
education. House Bill 116, adopted on November 4, 2012, expanded the curriculum
to include anti-harassment, intimidation and bullying and House Bill 543,
adopted March 22, 2013, added youth suicide awareness and prevention. Substitute
House Bill 59, passed in June 2013, added Human Trafficking to the required
topics to be covered in the four-hour in-service training.