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Student Safeguards

1) MISSION: The top priority of the Olentangy Local School District is to protect and keep safe every child entrusted to us. To ensure that we take every precaution and achieve our mission, we have implemented several policies, practices, and procedures. The list below is just some of the steps we take to help keep our students safe.

2) BACKGROUND CHECK: For all employees the District requires a pre- employment criminal records check from the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and/or the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

3) BACKGROUND CHECK: For current employees, the Board of Education requires periodic renewed background checks.

4) BACKGROUND CHECK: Using private investigators, the District conducts a private criminal records investigation to obtain information not reported by the government agencies described above.

5) CONTINUOUS CRIMINAL RECORD MONITORING: For current employees, at the time of an arrest or conviction, the District notified and immediately investigates.

6) SUSPENSION FROM DUTIES FOR CRIMINAL CHARGES: In the event an employee is arrested, summoned or indicted for certain criminal actions, the District suspends that employee from all duties that require the care, custody, or control of a child.

7) ADDITIONAL BACKGROUND CHECKS: The District requires state and federal criminal records checks for every single person who volunteers with kids, including classroom volunteers and field trip chaperones. For volunteers who accompany students on overnight trips, the District conducts additional private background checks for an even higher level of scrutiny.

8) REFERENCE CHECK: The District requires each job applicant to provide at least three professional and one personal reference. We contact each of these references and ask detailed questions about the applicant’s character and fitness to work with children.

9) LICENSE CHECK: The District confirms that each teacher has the required educator license.

10) PRIOR EMPLOYMENT CHECK: The District requests public records from an employee’s prior public employer, including the employee’s personnel file and any other records related to employment.

11) DETAILED APPLICATION: To the extent permitted by law, the District's employment application cautions applicants or requests information regarding criminal arrests, convictions, current or pending investigations, resignations, discharges, and similar information. Falsification of the employment application is grounds for termination and can be referred to law enforcement authorities for criminal prosecution.

12) POLICY AWARENESS: Upon being hired, each employee is required to review copies of critical district policies and expressly agree to follow them, including:

  1. Substance Abuse
  2. Student Supervision and Welfare
  3. Acceptable Use of Technology and Network
  4. Student Abuse and Neglect

13) MANDATORY CHILD ABUSE TRAINING: Each nurse, teacher, counselor, school psychologist, and administrator completes at least four hours of in-service training in the prevention of child abuse, violence, and substance abuse and the promotion of positive youth development. This training must be repeated every five years.

14) MANDATORY REPORTING: All educators in the Olentangy Local School District (and elsewhere) must report any knowledge of suspected child abuse and neglect. Failure to do so is a crime punishable by a 30 day jail sentence.

15) MISCONDUCT REPORTING: The District proactively reports educator misconduct to the Ohio Department of Education whenever possible violations of the Licensure Code of Conduct for Educators are suspected. This process can lead to an educator losing his or her license.

16) EMPLOYEE DISCIPLINE: The District utilizes a thorough and transparent progressive disciplinary process with all staff. The discipline given to staff is consistent with the requirements of all contracts and with Ohio law.

17) EMPLOYEE EVALUATIONS: The District has a comprehensive evaluation process for staff that is used to both educate and evaluate employees. Problem areas are identified and focused upon for improvement.

18) POLICE PROTECTION: In addition to our ongoing relationship with local law enforcement, we have School Resource Officers (police officers located within a school building) assigned to our schools. The District added two new School Resource Officers in recent years, bringing the total number of full time officers to five.

19) SCHOOL SAFETY TRAINING: Every staff member has participated in a nationally recognized school safety training program to help them respond to threats of criminal behavior and protect the lives of children during such an encounter.

20) BUILDING SECURITY: The District has invested in both infrastructure and building security practices to more closely monitor visitors and prevent intruders.