agency must meet the following requirements to be approved:
(a) The nonpublic agency is approved by the
state board as a private school, and has at least one certificated teacher with
a special education endorsement, other certificated teachers who meet state
standards, and related services staff meeting state licensure requirements for
their profession. If the education program is associated with a facility, such
as a hospital mental health, or treatment facility, and the program is not an
approved private school, the program must comply with the licensing
requirements for the facility, such as the department of health, and the
facility will assure that it has teachers who meet certification requirements
developed by the professional educators standards board, related services staff
meeting state licensure requirements for their profession as applicable, and at
least one certificated teacher with a special education endorsement.
(b) The private school or facility meets
applicable fire codes of the local or state fire marshal, including inspections
and documentation of corrections of violation.
(c) The private school or facility meets
applicable health and safety standards.
(d) The private school or facility can
demonstrate through audits that it is financially stable, and has accounting
systems that allow for separation of school district funds.
The private school or facility has
procedures in place that address staff hiring and evaluation including:
(i) Checking personal and professional
references for employees;
Criminal background checks in accordance with state rules for public school
(iii) Regular scheduling
of staff evaluations of the competencies that enable the staff to work with
private school or facility has a policy of nondiscrimination.
(g) The private school or facility meets
state education rules for hours and days of instruction.
(h) The private school or facility
understands and has procedures in place to protect the procedural safeguards of
the students eligible for special education services and their
approval as a nonpublic agency, the private school or facility must provide
annual review information to the OSPI and school districts with whom they
contract the following two years. The nonpublic agency must complete a renewal
application, including scheduling a site visit by a contracting school district
every third year following approval.
(3) OSPI may modify, substitute, add, or
waive as necessary any requirements for nonpublic agency approval under this
section, and provide an indication of a change to the approval requirements for
any nonpublic agency on the list of currently approved nonpublic agencies
available to the public maintained on the OSPI website.