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6/29/2015

New FAQs to help those renewing or applying for educator licenses

Educators who are planning to apply for a new credential — or to renew an existing one — will benefit from reviewing the new FAQs posted here. They will find helpful tips on ensuring they have SAFE accounts and current background checks, as well as preparing for and completing the online licensure process. Also, they will learn how to find out about the status of their applications.

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6/29/2015

July 1: department to inactivate permanent and non-tax certificates with expired background checks

Educators who hold permanent certificates and permanent non-tax certificates are required by state law to update their FBI criminal background checks every five years through the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI). In addition, an updated BCI background check also is required if the certificate holder has lived outside Ohio within the past five years. Permanent certificate holders whose background checks will expire this school year (by June 30) will need to update these if they have not already done so.

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6/29/2015

Deadlines and dates

Approaching deadlines or important dates mentioned in previous editions of EdConnection.

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6/22/2015

June 30 deadline: district surveys on diabetes and epi-pen auto-injectors

Please remember to complete two surveys — one is related to diabetes management and the other is on epinephrine auto-injector (“epi-pen”) procurement — by Tuesday, June 30. These short surveys for the 2014-2015 school year will satisfy your requirements for two state laws.

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6/22/2015

Start now to prepare coaches needing pupil activity permits

Now is a good time to remind those who will need new or renewed coaching (pupil activity) permits later this summer that they need to plan ahead so these can be issued before they begin working with students.

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6/22/2015

District access to Ready for Kindergarten Online system requires role registration

The Office of Early Learning and School Readiness sent out a communication last week to test coordinators and elementary building principals with information about the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment. A new role is available in the Ohio Educational Directory System (OEDS) called “Assessment Data Manager-Preschool and Kindergarten.”

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6/22/2015

June 17 ESEA Flexibility Waiver Renewal webinar now online

The Ohio Department of Education hosted the webinar, ESEA Flexibility Waiver Renewal: What to Expect for the Upcoming School Year, discussing changes to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) flexibility waiver on June 17.

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