Item Coversheet

Action Item - 32.

Title: Contracts with Various Vendors for the Provision of Online Web-Based Tele-Therapy Platforms for the Remote Delivery of Student Therapeutic Related Services ($400,000)

Board of Education Meeting Date:

Action under consideration

 The Administration recommends that the Board of Education authorize The School District of Philadelphia, through the Superintendent or his designee, to execute and perform a contract, subject to funding, as follows: 


Advanced Medical Personnel Services, LLC, AMN Healthcare, Inc.

Cranium Café, LLC dba ConexED, Academic Communication System (ACS)

EBS Healthcare, Inc.

Enable My Child, Ltd

HealthPRO Pediatrics, LLC

Lexia Learning Systems, Inc.

Presence Learning, Inc.

Progressus Therapy, LLC, Invo Healthcare, LLC



Provision of online, web-based tele-therapy platforms

 Start date: 7/1/2021

 End date: 6/30/2022
 Compensation not to exceed: $400,000 
 Separate Compensation by Vendor:

All entities will be paid out of the aggregate amount not to exceed $400,000.


Related services shall be delivered through Contractors’ on-line platforms to all District students eligible to receive therapeutic related services using Chromebooks, laptops and desktop computers, as approved by the District’s Office of Information Technology and Data Management.

 Renewal Options:  Yes

 Number of Options: 3

 Duration of each option to extend: Years: 1  Months:
 Maximum compensation authorized per option period:   All entities would be paid from a $400,000 aggregate total per option period.


In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to provide student therapeutic related services safely, virtually, and remotely, the Office of Specialized Services requests authorization to contract with qualified vendors selected through NG10003,2, for the provision of online, web-based tele-therapy platforms.


Approximately 11,000 District students have IEPs or 504 services plans that require the District to provide them with therapeutic related services, typically on a weekly or monthly basis.  Related Services include speech, language, hearing, occupational, physical, vision, mobility, and ABA therapy. Last school year, related services were delivered directly to students by therapists traveling between schools. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to continue to provide students with high quality therapeutic services in a safe remote setting, the Office of Specialized Services seeks authorization to contract with the selected vendors to provide web-based, tele-therapy platforms for the delivery of student related services. Using the Contractors’ web-based platforms, students will use computers located at home or in other remote locations to access therapeutic services through online virtual interactive contact with District therapists.


The contractors' online tele-therapy platforms will enable all District therapists, both employed by the District or contracted, to deliver related services remotely to students using Chromebook, laptop, and desktop computers. The selected contractors’ tele-therapy on-line platforms have been approved by the District’s Office of Information and Technology. In addition, the platforms protect student privacy rights and are fully compliant with IDEA, FERPA and HIPAA requirements. The contractors will provide District staff with training on system utilization.

 Related resolution(s)/approval(s): 

September 17, 2020; No. 22

 Funding Source(s): 

FY20-21 Categorical 

 Office Originating Request: Academic Support