Dear Parent or Guardian,
You may have heard that Governor Wolf recently signed into law Act 66, which permits you to either:
- choose to have your child repeat his or her 2020-21 school year to make up for any lost educational opportunities due to COVID-19.*
- choose to have your adult student (any student who turned age 21 during the 2020-21 school year or turned 21 between the end of the 2020-21 school year and September 6, 2021) attend another year of school during the 2021-2022 school year and receive those services as outlined in their most recent IEP
If you select either of these options, you must complete the following form: Act 66 of 2021 Student Grade Level Retainment Notification Form for the 2021-22 School Year. Once you have completed the form, email it to ACT66@vfes.net no later than July 15, 2021. Additional instructions are on the form. Once we receive the form, we will contact you and your school district (LEA) to identify the next steps. An IEP does not need to occur, but you must complete the form. We are currently not sure what services the LEAs are offering to Vanguard students. We will work closely with your LEA to identify placement options that might include The Vanguard School.
Click here for additional information on Act 66.
Please note that if you choose to have your child repeat his or her grade, it is for the grade that your child was in for the 2020-2021 school year (option 1). Selecting this option does NOT change the anticipated graduation date for your child. Your child will still “age out” of special education services by the age of 21. However, having your child repeat a grade now may mean that they miss out on opportunities provided in our vocational training program in upcoming years.
Please reach out if you have questions about either of these options.
Lisa Wood, M.Ed.
Director of Education
Darren G. Levin, Ph.D.
Director of Clinical Services