Below is my summary of the benefits contained within Jarod’s Law,
House Bill 203.
Creation of the School
Health and Safety Network
Annual school inspections
for unsafe health, safety, and sanitation conditions by the
Board of Health
published inspection reports for each school
Mandatory written plans,
including timeframes, for remediation of each item identified as not
within compliance by the inspection.
Review of school’s
remediation plans, by the Boards of Health to ensure proper
Auditing and review by
Ohio Auditor’s office to ensure overall integrity of School
Health and Safety Network program.
Below are summary excerpts from Jarod’s Law HB 203. The full HB203
Act can be found at:
- The Director of Health shall establish the “School Health and
Safety Network”, under which each Board of Health shall inspect each
public and nonpublic school building and associated grounds within
its jurisdiction at least once each year to identify conditions
dangerous to public health and safety present in or on the building
or grounds. Inspections shall be conducted during regular school
- The Director of Health shall adopt rules establishing minimum
standards and procedures for inspections conducted for purposes of
the “School Health and Safety Network” Initial rules shall be
adopted not later than eighteen months after the effective date of
- The Director of Health shall develop information specifying
dangerous conditions and dangerous products, including products
recalled by the manufacturer that may be present in school buildings
and associated grounds. In developing that information, the director
may use information developed by other sources, including other
state and federal agencies. The director shall distribute the
information developed under this section on a quarterly basis to
boards of health through electronic mail. The information shall also
be made available on the department's internet web site.
- Annually, and more often, if in its judgment necessary, the
Board of Health of a city or general health district shall inspect
the sanitary condition of all schools and school buildings within
its jurisdiction, and may disinfect any school building. During an
epidemic or threatened epidemic, or when a dangerous communicable
disease is unusually prevalent, or for any other imminent public
health threat as determined by the board, the board may close any
school and prohibit public gatherings for such time as is necessary.
- In establishing and operating the “School Health and Safety
Network”, the Director of Health and each Board of Health, to the
greatest extent possible shall use staff positions already within
their respective organizations on the effective date of this
- The principal or chief administrator of each public and
nonpublic school shall cooperate with the appropriate Board of
Health in the conduct of a “School Health and Safety Network”
inspection by providing any records or other information the Board
of Health considers necessary.
- Each report shall include recommendations for changes that the
Board of Health determines may be needed to abate conditions that
are hazardous to occupants. The report is a public record.
- Each Board of Health shall report the findings from the
inspection of each public and nonpublic school building and
associated grounds to all of the following:
- The principal or chief administrator of the building
- The administrator responsible for facility operations and
maintenance on behalf of the school district, educational
service center, board of mental retardation and developmental
disabilities, or community school controlling the inspected
buildings and grounds
- In the case of a school operated by a school district, the
superintendent and board of education of that district
- In the case of a school operated by an educational service
center or board of mental retardation and developmental
disabilities, the center or board
- The auditor of state.
- The governing authority of each community school and the chief
administrator of each nonpublic school shall submit to the Board of
Health, by a deadline and in a manner established by the Director of
Health, a written plan for abatement of the conditions determined to
be hazardous to occupants, as described in the report. The plan
shall include a schedule for completion of the abatement.
- The Board of Health shall determine compliance with the written
plan for abatement. On completion of any plan for abatement, the
Board of Health shall submit a supplemental report to all parties.
The report is a public record.
- The auditor of state shall review the report of each school
health and safety network inspection of a public school building and
associated Grounds submitted to the auditor of state. The auditor of
state may include references to any of the recommendations contained
in the inspection report, as determined appropriate by the auditor
of state, in any audit report of the school district.