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Action Items - Intermediate Unit - 3.

Title: Contracts with Approved Private Schools, Private Schools and Alternative Special Education Settings – 2020 Summer Extended School Year Programs for Students in Out of District Placements ($5,817,656)

Board of Education Meeting Date:

Action under consideration


The Administration recommends that the Board of Education, acting in its capacity as Board of Directors of Philadelphia Intermediate Unit No. 26 (IU 26), authorize IU 26, through the Executive Director or his designee, to execute and perform contracts, subject to funding, as follows:


With: A Step Up Academy, ABA Today, Academy in Manayunk, Academy of Natural Sciences, ATG Learning Academy, Bancroft, Bancroft Neurohealth, Benchmarks, Brookfield Academy, Bucks County Technical High School, Bucks County Intermediate Unit (BCIU), Intermediate Unit No. 22, Buttonwood Farms T/A Delta School, Buxmont Academy, CIS Community Integrated Services, CLC School, Camelot Schools of Pennsylvania, Camp Pegasus, Camphill Special School, Capstone Academy, Capstone Schools LLC, Carousel Farms Education Center, Catholic Archdiocese Private and Parochial Schools and Affiliates of Philadelphia, Center for Education (CFE), Bucks, Delaware, and Montgomery County public schools and Intermediate Units, Center School, Center School for Education, Centre School, CSF/Buxmont Academy, Child and Career Development Center, Child Guidance resource Center, Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS), Children and Adult Disability and Educational Services (George Crothers School), Clarke School, Community Council, Community Council Education Services, Inc., Comprehensive Learning Center, Crefeld School, Delaware County Intermediate Unit (DCIU), Intermediate Unit No. 25, Delaware County Technical School, Drexel University, Devereux Foundation, Elwyn, Elwyn of Pennsylvania and Delaware, Elwyn Davidson School, Elwyn a Pennsylvania Nonprofit Corporation, Easter Seals of Southeastern Pennsylvania, St. Edmund School, St. Edmond’s Home for Crippled Children, Fairwold Academy, Fusion Academy, The Franklin Institute, Green Tree School, Hill Top Prep, Holy Family Learning/Ambler Day School/St. Mary's Villa, Home of the Merciful Saviour for Crippled Children/HMS School for Children with Cerebral Palsy, St Joseph’s University/Kinney Center for Autism, Education and Support, Kids Peace, St. Katharine Drexel School, Marie Katzenbach School for the Deaf, Life Works Village Park, Life Works Alternative School/UHS of Doylestown, L.L.C./Foundations Behavioral Health, Middletown Adventure Learning, Main Line Academy, Gemma Services formerly Silver Springs/Martin Luther School, Melmark School, Milestone Academy, Mill Creek School/The Pennsylvania Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, Merakey formerly Northwestern Human Services (NHS), Merakey Autism School, Merakey Philadelphia, Merakey Woodhaven, Merakey Warrington, Merakey St. Anne School, Merakey Marple Newtown High School, Marple Newtown School District, New Hope Academy/Motivational Educational Training Company Inc., The Nexus School, Orchard Friends, Overbrook School for the Blind, Pathway School (OSB), PHMC, Public Health Management Corporation, PMHCC, Philadelphia Mental Health Care Corporation, Philadelphia Health Management Corporation, Pennsylvania School for the Deaf (PSD), Potential Inc./Springtime School, Pressley Ridge School, Quaker School at Horsham, Royer-Greaves School for Blind, Roxborough YMCA, Scranton State School for the Deaf, Souderton Vantage Academy, Specialized Education of Pennsylvania, Inc., Stratford Friends School, Talk Institute, Therapeutic Center at Fox Chase, Timothy School, Valley Day School, Valley Forge Educational Services, The Vanguard School, Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania, Variety Club, Woodlynde School, Woods Services, Wyncote Academy, Y.A.L.E. School, Y.A.L.E. School Philadelphia, Y.A.L.E. School Southeast, Y.A.L.E. School Southeast II, Y.A.L.E. School Southeast III, Y.A.L.E. School West, The Young Men’s Christian Association and National Associates, Youth Services Alternatives, and other qualifying alternative schools, placements, programs, organizations, institutions, summer camps, professional services providers, related services providers, licensees, organizations, and agencies reviewed and approved by the Deputy of the District’s Office of Specialized Services for students to receive and participate in Extended School Year services



 To provide Extended School Year (ESY) programs for special education students who are or may be  enrolled in Approved Private Schools, Private Schools, Alternative Special Education Settings, and other alternative programs


Start Date:  7/1/2020


End Date:  6/30/2021


Compensation not to exceed: $5,817,656


Location(s): Approved Private Schools (APSs), private schools and Alternative Special Education Settings (ASES) that District students attend during the regular school year, and alternative summer ESY sites approved by the District


Description: ESY is a mandatory program for students with disabilities and special needs whose Individualized Education Programs (IEP) require these additional services to prevent regression and loss of academic gains during the summer vacation. The District pays for ESY programs for eligible students that it approves for placement in Approved Private Schools (APS), private schools, Alternative Special Education Settings (ASES), and District approved alternative programs through service agreement contracts with these providers. Students with special needs are placed in these facilities by District IEP teams only when District schools are unable  to provide these students with appropriate educational services.  APSs and Private Academic Schools are licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) State Board of Private Academic Schools. Student tuition costs at APSs are subsidized by PDE.  In addition APSs are specifically approved by the Pennsylvania Secretary of Education to provide full-time special education programs for students with severe disabilities whose home school district schools cannot provide them with appropriate educational services.  It is estimated that the District will approve approximately 711 eligible students for summer ESY programs in APSs, ASES, private schools, and alternative sites this summer. The compensation for ESY services at these facilities includes the cost of tuition, and if required by a student's IEP, one to one aide and therapeutic related services.


 Anchor Goal(s) Supported: Anchor Goal 1 – 100% of students will graduate ready for college or career


Funding Source(s):  


 Office Originating Request: Academic Support