Out-Of-District Placement Program (OOD)
Purpose of Program
The State Board of Education establishes set-aside funds for special allocations prior to the determination of per pupil allotments. The Out-of-District Program is to assist local education agencies in funding the excess cost of the placement of a child in a program not operated by the local education agency. These placements may be public, private, residential, in state or out-of-state. All in state programs are the first consideration before any out-of-state placements are considered.
The program serves children with disabilities ages 3 through 21 requiring alternative special education placements in school districts other than the local education agency where parents have legal residence.
Applications are submitted annually to the Special Programs Section in the Exceptional Children Division. If a child remains in an out-of-district placement, the local education agency must submit an application each year the child continues in the placement.
Amount of Funds Per Child
See Per Child Allocations. The per child reimbursement is based on half the cost of the education placement including residential and extended school year services plus deductions for average daily membership, state aid for exceptional children and federal aid for exceptional children. A local education agency may not request funds if the cost of the out-of-district placement is below the sum of the per pupil allotments.