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. 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.

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.
Please note that state testing dates cannot be used for IPP Waivers.
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,
• a copy of the 2015-16 school calendar with testing dates indicated,
• 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.

The three letters of support and summary may be combined to form a single document signed by all three parties.

The application and all supporting documents must be combined and submitted as a single PDF document.

Waiver requests submitted without all of the required assurances will be denied.

Waivers must be approved by ODE prior to use. Complete waiver requests must be received by ODE at least forty-five days prior to the first date requested and no later than December 31, 2015.

Approved waivers require submission of an annual End of Year (EOY) report to ODE by June 30, 2016. Failure to submit an 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: 7/7/2015 2:25:17 PM