Ohio School/District IPP Waivers

The Ohio Revised Code (ORC) Section 3302.07 authorizes the State Superintendent of Public Instruction to waive specific statutory provisions and rules in order to implement a proposed innovative education pilot program (IPP). By definition, “innovative education pilot program” means a practice new to the district/building (innovative) that requires a limited period of time (pilot) to implement fully and can be sustained by the district/building after the allowable waiver period has expired.

In the past, IPP waivers were frequently requested for exemption from the state minimum school hours or days (ORC 3313.48), though they can be requested for exemptions from other statutes.  Requests for exemptions to the state minimum school hours or days are limited to the equivalent of four days per school year.

Only districts that have a bargaining unit agreement in place which prevents them from switching their schedule from days to hours will be considered for a waiver from minimum days or hours.  Districts able to implement the new hours schedule will no longer need “waiver days” for professional development, because they will control and be responsible for meeting established time requirements.  Please see the Days to Hours Frequently Asked Questions.

No statewide testing or count days will be considered. In addition, statutes and rules related to the following cannot be waived: retirement system requirements; employment of staff; the education of children with disabilities; health and safety of students; education management information systems; administration of achievement and graduation tests; gifted education; calculation of school funding; and graduation requirements.

IPP Waiver requests must consist of the following:

  • a Completed Application form,
  • a Letter of Support or Resolution signed by the local school board president or treasurer,
  • a Letter of Support signed by the local superintendent/building leader,
  • a Letter of Support signed by the professional staff bargaining unit leader,
  • an End of Year (EOY) Report for the most recently approved waiver days, and
  • a Summary of no more than 2 pages describing the proposed innovative education pilot program.
    (A summary is only necessary if the request is not related to a current Straight A Fund initiative.)

Waivers must be approved by ODE prior to use. Complete waiver requests must be received by ODE at least forty-five days prior to initial use and no later than December 31. Any exception to the December 31 deadline will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the Associate Superintendent of Public Instruction.

In order to expedite the review of waiver applications, please combine the application and the supporting documents to a single PDF attachment when submitting. See the Submission Information on the bottom of the application for further details.

Approved waivers will require submission of an annual end-of-year (EOY) report to ODE by June 30. Failure to submit and EOY report will result in exclusion from IPP Waiver consideration in future school years.

Questions may be directed to IPPWaivers@education.ohio.gov.  


Last Modified: 10/6/2014 12:24:51 PM