Waivers allow innovation schools to develop school-level policies for areas that would otherwise be defined by collective bargaining or state and/or district policies or provisions. Waivers are typically requested and approved as part of the original innovation and iZone plans or at innovation renewal, but they can also be requested or amended outside of these time frames with special application.
As part of each waiver request, the innovation school must supply replacement language to show what course of action they are taking instead of following the established policy and demonstrate that they are meeting the intent of the waived policy, law, or collective bargaining provision. Note: there are some policies, laws and provisions of collective bargaining agreements, such as IDEA requirements for students with special needs, that are not waivable.
Replacement policies must meet the district standard including the following criteria:
- Address substantive elements of the policy it is replacing,
- Comply with the intent of the policy it is replacing,
- Be written in language that is clear and understandable by the average teacher or staff member, and
- Use consistent replacement language and policies across waivers related to the same area (e.g. replacement policies related to the schedule/calendar must utilize consistent language in replacement policies for the State statute waivers and the DCTA waivers).
PMT tracks innovation schools waivers. If you have questions, please contact Becky Zachmeier, Accountability Specialist.