Court rules in favor of special-needs child enrolled in cyber school
HARRISBURG, Pa. (April 8, 2011) Pennsylvania Families for Public Cyber Schools today applauded the decision of the York County Court of Common Pleas to overturn truancy charges against a special-needs child who now attends public cyber school. The court decided the case in favor of a family charged with truancy by the West Shore School District in Cumberland County.
After the student suffered a near-fatal blood clot, a doctor informed the family that a bump or shove could threaten the child's life. This prompted the parents to remove their son from his district school and enroll him in a public cyber school to allow him to learn from the safety of his home. While awaiting enrollment in a public cyber school, West Shore School District charged the family with truancy.
"This ruling vindicates the family and reminds us that student health and education should always be the top priorities of our public schools," said Jenny Bradmon, executive director of PA Families for Public Cyber Charter Schools. "Too often families are poorly treated by their home school district for making the choice to enroll their child in a cyber school. Thankfully, York County Court protected this family."