On June 30, Governor Tom Wolf signed Act66 of 2021 (Act66) into law which amends the Public School Code to temporarily provide: (1) 21-year-old special education students the opportunity to extend their public school education through the end of the 2021-2022 school year and (2) parents/guardians the option to elect to have their school-aged children repeat their grade level in the 2021-2022 school year, regardless if these students satisfied the requirements to be promoted to their next grade levels. This temporary right was created by PA legislators to respond to educational opportunities lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Parents/guardians or students who wish to take advantage of Act66 must complete, sign, and submit the Act66 of 2021 Student Grade Level Retainment Notification Form to the child’s principal on or before July 15, 2021.
Please note, students 18 or older who plan to repeat a grade level during the 2021-22 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. Forms are to be submitted to the district and/or school in which the student will attend in the 2021-22 school year - they may not be submitted to the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE).