LL vs. West Chester Area School District

PENNSYLVANIA
SPECIAL EDUCATION HEARING OFFICER

DECISION
EXPEDITED DUE PROCESS HEARING

Name of Child: L.L.
ODR #01839-10-11-JS
Date of Birth: [redacted]

Date of Hearing: June 3, 2010

OPEN HEARING

Parties to the Hearing: Parent[s]

West Chester Area School District 829 Paoli Pike
West Chester, PA 19380

Representative: Pro Se

Sharon Montanye, Esquire
Sweet, Stevens, Katz and Williams 331 Butler Avenue Box 5069
New Britain, PA 18901

Date Transcript Received: June 6, 2011

Date of Decision: June 6, 2011

Hearing Officer: Linda M. Valentini, Psy.D., CHO

Background

Student is a high-school-age District resident with Down Syndrome who is entering the last year of eligibility for special education services. The current matter concerns an expedited due process request from the Parents addressing the question of whether their child’s attendance at the summer camp that had been District-funded as the Extended School Year (ESY) program in previous years should again be provided for summer 2011. The District maintains that the ESY program it is offering is appropriate and necessary given Student’s age and current instructional needs.

Issue

Is the ESY program being offered to Student by the District appropriate?

L-L-West-Chester-Area-ODRNo-01839-10-11-JS

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