Sappey announces over $254K for special needs children in Chester County schools

HARRISBURG, Aug. 21 – State Rep. Christina Sappey, D-Chester, announced today that several Chester County schools and school districts would be the recipients of $254,487 in Governor’s Emergency Education Relief funds and Pennsylvania Department of Education federal funding through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

“No matter how our schools choose to move ahead, we need to make sure those with special needs are never left behind,” Sappey said. “This money allows our educational institutions to better prepare themselves and meet the needs of all of our children. A quality education for all students is our number one goal, even in the face of a pandemic.”

The grants will be distributed as follows:

  • Avon Grove Charter School: $5,000.
  • Kennett Consolidated School District: $24,803.
  • Downingtown Area School District: $35,858.
  • Avon Grove School District: $37,355.
  • Unionville-Chadds Ford School District: $49,672.
  • West Chester Area School District: $101,799.

These funds are to be used for:

  • Providing enhanced real-time instruction to bolster remote services and supports for students with complex needs.
  • Providing services and supports to students with disabilities who experienced a loss in skills and behavior and/or a lack of progress due to the mandatory school closures.

Grant amounts were calculated using an allocation formula based on the number of students with complex special education needs within each local education agency.

For more information, contact Sappey’s office at (484) 200-8264.