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COVID-19: ACT 66 Gives All Pennsylvania Students the Option to Repeat their 2020-2021 Grade Level – but You Have to Act Fast!

By: Laurie A. McCarthy, Esquire

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Act 66 was signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf on June 30, 2021. This Act allows all parents/guardians and students over age 18 to decide for themselves if they want to repeat the 2020-2021 school year, but the form must be submitted by July 15, 2021. The form can be found at the following link Act 66 2021 Student Grade Level Retainment Notification Form. If you miss the July 15, 2021 deadline you should contact your child’s school to discuss options based on the school’s established policies and procedures.   

This Act was passed as an effort to address lost educational opportunities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Even students who met the requirements to be promoted to the next grade level can opt to repeat their 2020-2021 grade level.

Act 66 applies to students enrolled in any of the following school entities in Pennsylvania: a school district, intermediate unit, career and technical education center, charter school, cyber chart school, regional charter school, nonpublic school, approved private schools, and chartered schools for the deaf and blind.

Students with disabilities who turned age 21 during the 2020-2021 school year may attend a school entity during the 2021-2022 should year and receive services as outlined on their most recent Individualized Education Program (IEP) with all the protections under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Students who graduated in accordance with a school entity’s graduation requirements set pursuant to Chapter 4 should not re-enroll in school. Also, Act 66 does not grant extra eligibility for sports and the PIAA will not permit the student-athlete to play an additional year.

For answers to more frequently asked questions visit the Department of Education’s website at Act 66 FAQs

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