Additional School Year Opportunities
On June 30, 2021, Governor Wolf signed Act 66 of 2021 (Act 66) into law. As a result of this Act, families are able to request the following for their children regarding the 2021-2022 school year to make up for any lost educational opportunities due to the COVID-19 pandemic, even if a student met the requirements to be promoted to the next grade level:
- An additional school year for students who aged out (21 years old) of special education in the 2020-2021 school year.
- The ability for K-12 students to repeat their 2020-2021 school year.
This Act mandates that parents/guardians and any students, at or over the age of 18, express their desire to repeat a grade level for the 2021-2022 school year to their designated school no later than July 15, 2021.
As required by Act 66, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) developed a standard form for which parents/guardians need to use to notify the school district of their child’s plan to remain in the school and/or current grade level for the 2021-2022 school year. The form can be found here.
Completed forms should be emailed to the following individuals:
- Elementary School:
- Amanda Cwynar, Principal email@example.com
- Middle School & High School:
- Michael Damon, Principal firstname.lastname@example.org
- For students with an IEP who have aged out (21 years old):
- Nick Long, Director of Special Education email@example.com
Please note, students 18 or older who plan to repeat a grade level during the 2021-2022 school year must complete and submit their own form. For a student with a disability who turned 21 during the time periods listed above, both the parent/guardian and the student must complete the form. Although the form was developed by PDE, it must be submitted to the RASD Administrator listed above and not to PDE.
Guidance and answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) on Act 66 of 2021 is available on PDE’s website. Click here to be taken to the website.
Should you have any further questions regarding this Act, please contact your child’s building principal.