Frequently Asked Questions about Contract School Therapy
Will I be an employee of Cobb Pediatric Therapy Services or the school district?
You will be an employee of Cobb Pediatric not the school district. We will find you a position within one of our school district partners.
Will I be an independent contractor or an employee?
You will be a Cobb Pediatric employee, and if you work a minimum of 30 hours per week, you will be eligible to receive benefits. You will be a W-2 employee, not a 1099 contractor.
Will I get paid for school holidays and during summer break?
You will have the benefit of following the school calendar, having weekends, school holidays and summer breaks off! While school holidays are unpaid, as a full-time employee (30 hours/week or more), you can opt for 12-month pay, so you will receive a paycheck year round – even during breaks and summer!
Do you offer temporary or permanent positions?
We offer school-based positions based on the staffing needs of our school partners. While most of our schools anticipate placement for the entire length of the school year, approximately 36 weeks or 9 months, some of our school partners may request a specific temporary need to cover short-term leaves, such as a maternity leave or early retirement.
Do you offer part-time and full-time positions?
Yes, both part-time and full-time positions are available and based on the needs of the school district. Full-time positions range from 25 to 40 hours and 4 to 5 days per week. Anything less than 30 hours per week is considered part time and may be as few as 2-3 hours per week.
What employee benefits do you offer?
Please review our benefits page to view all of the benefits we offer to our employees working 30 hours per week or more.
Do you cover continuing education costs?
Yes, in three different ways. First, we offer a stipend that can be used for continuing education purposes or to purchase materials. Second, we provide free monthly continuing education webinars through our online learning management system Cobb Connects. Third, for most of our employees, we provide free, unlimited access to third-party online continuing education courses.
What type of support will I have?
Your Clinical Manager is your “go to” person for all questions related to Cobb Pediatric and therapy. Depending on the district, you may have a Team Lead that is a Cobb Pediatric therapist and has also been with your district for an extended period of time. They are familiar with Cobb Pediatric policies as well district paperwork and requirements.
Do you have a student loan reimbursement plan?
We can offer bonuses to help with your student loan payments!
Do you offer PTO?
School districts will not reimburse us for a therapist’s missed time; however, we do offer full-time therapists the option of being paid like a salaried employee and not feel those missed day throughout the school year. Your pay is the same during the 10-month school year. Any days missed during the school year are reconciled over the six paychecks you receive over the summer months.
Can I work PRN for a SNF or other clinical model?
Absolutely! You are more than welcome to work in different settings after school, on weekends, or during the summer.
Will I get paid for mileage between facilities?
The districts will typically not reimburse for mileage between
facilities; however, most of our districts will allow you to receive your hourly rate for travel time between facilities.
What types of assessments will I have access to?
Typically, the district will provide the needed assessments for you to perform your job duties successfully. In addition, you can use your Cobb Pediatric stipend to purchase additional materials as you deem necessary.
What type of mentoring program does Cobb Pediatric offer?
Cobb Pediatric believes in therapists leading therapists. Therefore, your clinical manager will be an OT, SLP or PT. At the beginning of each school year we offer a new therapist orientation. This webinar provides new graduates and those new to schools with an overview of school-based therapy. In addition to your clinical manager, we have someone on staff whose primary role is mentoring. The clinical manager and the mentor are available for onsite visits, phone calls and emails to assist you in all aspects of your job.