On July 8, 2022, Governor Tom Wolf signed Act 55 of 2022 (Act 55) into law. Act 55 permits a student with a disability who was enrolled during the 2021-22 school year and turned age 21 during the 2021-22 school year, or between the end of the 2021-22 and the beginning of the 2022-23 school year, to attend a school entity during the 2022-23 school 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).
This guidance provides school entities with a summary of considerations regarding families' decisions to remain an additional year for the 2022-23 school year. This guidance is not intended to provide legal advice - school entities should consult with their legal counsel.
Act 55 applies to students enrolled in any of the following school entities in Pennsylvania during the 2021-22 school year: a school district, intermediate unit, area career and technical school, charter school, cyber charter school, regional charter school, approved private schools, and chartered schools for the education of the deaf and blind.
Parents/guardians and students interested in the above option for the 2022-23 school year must submit the Act 55 of 2022 Student Enrollment Notification Form (PDF)
to the school entity that the student will attend in the 2022-23 school year on or before August 1, 2022. Do not submit this form to PDE.
Completed enrollment forms must be returned to Penn Hills Special Education Office by 4:00pm on August 1, 2022. The district encourages individuals considering this option to contact Brian Francis, Director of Special Education at 412-793-7000 x1409 or via email [email protected]