Provider FAQs

About Providers

Statewide Testing

Miscellaneous Questions


About Providers

    Who can be a provider in the Jon Peterson Special Needs (JPSN) scholarship program?
    Any school, company or individual with staff who have the appropriate credentials to provide services on an IEP may become a registered private provider. See the program rules, guidelines, and application materials for details.

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    How can a nonpublic school be a provider in the JPSN scholarship program?
    The easiest way for a nonpublic school to become a registered private provider is to employ a special education teacher. Public school employees cannot be used to satisfy this requirement. The special education services that the nonpublic school can provide in the JPSN scholarship program are dependent upon the credentials of their staff implementing the child’s IEP (not the non-public individual service plan.) See the program rules, guidelines, and application materials for details.

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    Who is responsible for ensuring that the IEP is fully implemented?
    The parent(s) chooses the provider(s) and must ensure that the IEP is implemented.

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    Who is responsible for the annual compliance of the IEP?
    Providers in the JPSN scholarship program are required to provide progress reports to the resident district about the child’s progress related to goals and services on the IEP. The district will involve personnel from the provider(s) in the IEP annual update process.

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    What do I need to provide in order to become an approved provider of the Jon Peterson Scholarship program?
    • A statement of nondiscrimination
    • Staff Background checks
    • Staff credentials
    • An educational plan
    • Health and safety reports
    • Process for student document retention

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    What is a statement of nondiscrimination and how do I submit it?
    A statement of nondiscrimination addresses that the provider will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or national origin, regardless of whether the provider receives federal financial assistance. The document should be uploaded to the provider application in the Docs section under the link titled ‘Other Electronic Document’.

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    Where can I find details about background checks for staff and how do I submit the information to ODE?
    The provider must be in compliance with Ohio Revised Code 3319.39, 3319.391 and 3319.392 regarding background checks as if it were a school district. The provider application has a staff tab where staff and the date of their most recent check can be entered.

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    What credentials are staff required to hold and how do I submit the staff credentials to ODE?
    The provider should hire teaching and nonteaching professional staff who will work with the scholarship students who hold credentials that are appropriate for services provided to the student. The credentials of staff are entered on the Staff section of the electronic provider application.

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    What is an educational plan and how do I submit the plan to ODE?
    Chartered nonpublic schools submitted their educational plan in the form of curriculum aligned with state standards which was approved by ODE when applying to become a chartered nonpublic school. Provider applicants who do not have a charter to operate as a school should provider a written statement describing how services provided will facilitate a student’s attainment of academic content standards pursuant to the IEP. Nonchartered providers should upload their statement in the Docs section under the link titled ‘Other Electronic Document’.

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    What is a health and safety inspection and how do I submit the report to ODE?
    The provider must meet all applicable health and safety standards, which may include but is not limited to reports issued by the health department and/or the fire department. The reports must be current and on file at the provider location.

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    What student documents am I required to obtain for Jon Peterson students?

    Providers should keep on file for at least three years any scholarship application paperwork submitted during the application period.

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Statewide Testing

    Are students in the JPSN scholarship program required to participate in statewide testing?
    Pursuant to Ohio Revised Code 3310.522, students participating in the scholarship program must take all state assessments required for their grade level unless excused under federal law or through the IEP. Scholarship students in grades 3-8 are required to take the Ohio Achievement Assessments (OAA). Scholarship students in the 10th grade are required to take the Ohio Graduation Tests (OGT)

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Miscellaneous Questions

    Will there be any proration of payment for a child that participates in the JPSN scholarship program less than the full payment period?
    Yes, ODE will prorate services based on when a child begins to receive services in the JPSN scholarship program, assuming both the parent/child and the provider(s) have been approved. The same proration rules would apply if a child withdraws from the program before the end of the specific payment period.

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    Can Auxiliary Services funds be used for students on the JPSN scholarship?
    Yes, provided that the services supplement, not supplant the JPSN scholarship. For example, utilizing a speech therapist hired under Auxiliary Services for a student whose JPSN educational program calls for speech therapy would not be permitted. On the other hand, using Auxiliary Services for additional services that are NOT part of the students JPSN scholarship (e.g., hearing and vision aids) would be permitted. Auxiliary Services personnel can provide services to any student at the chartered nonpublic school if identified as in need of such service, however, those same services cannot be charged to the JPSN scholarship.

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    Can Auxiliary Services personnel be identified as the special education credentialed staff necessary for participation in the JPSN scholarship program?

    No. Participating providers of the program must hire staff to fulfill the requirement of credentialed staff for approval of program participation. However, school-district personnel who also serve as private-sector providers can be retained in the latter capacity.

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    Where can I find the Ohio Administrative Code about the Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship?

    Find the complete code on the Ohio Codes website.

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    How can I get help with SAFE?

    You can view the SAFE help page for information about signing up or other SAFE issues.

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Last Modified: 12/24/2013 11:59:05 AM