Want Your Child to Repeat Grade Level? Act by July 15

HARRISBURG PA – Parents who think it’s best for their child to repeat the pandemic-affected last academic year grade level, rather than have him or her proceed to a new grade during the coming year, can choose to do so if they act by July 15 (2021; Thursday). A state law offers the option, but it applies only to the 2021-2022 school year, 24th District state Sen. Bob Mensch said.

There’s a form available from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, here, to apply for the change. The state officially calls it “Student Grade Level Retainment.” The department also developed a Frequently Asked Questions page about the new law, and encouraged all school districts to make the form available on their websites, too.

The optional year of education was provided under Act 66 of 2021, signed into law last week. The July 15 deadline gives “districts enough time to plan for changes in class sizes for the upcoming school year, Mensch said.

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