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22 Pa. Code § 11.27. Graduation.

§ 11.27. Graduation.

 The intent of this section is to specify the effect of graduation on membership for the purpose of calculating school subsidies.

   (1)  A student’s graduation from high school signifies both the student’s fulfillment of the high school graduation requirements set forth in Chapter 4 (relating to academic standards and assessment) and the end of the student’s membership in a school district for the purpose of State subsidy reimbursement. A graduating student’s date of graduation shall be that of the commencement ceremony of the student’s high school.

   (2)  This paragraph applies to a graduating high school student who is attending an area vocational technical school (AVTS). If the AVTS instructional calendar extends beyond the student’s high school commencement date, for purposes of determining whether the student has received 180 days of instruction and for purposes of determining State subsidy computation, the student may be maintained in membership at the AVTS until the end of the AVTS calendar.

   (3)  Graduating students may be counted as in attendance for no more than 3 days of commencement preparation. Commencement preparation may be held on Saturdays within 60 days of the commencement ceremony. During commencement preparation days, students shall be under the supervision of certificated school district employees.

   (4)  School districts, AVTSs and charter schools may permit students with disabilities identified under Chapter 14 (relating to special education program and services) to participate in graduation ceremonies with their graduating class, even though they will not be awarded a diploma and will continue to receive educational services under Chapter 14. The participation of those students in graduation ceremonies does not preclude the school district from counting those students in its membership for subsidy purposes.


   The provisions of this §  11.27 amended under section 1317(a) of The Administrative Code of 1929 (71 P. S. §  367(a)); and sections 1327, 1330, 1372, 1511 and 2603-B of the Public School Code of 1949 (24 P. S. § §  13-1327, 13-1330, 13-1372, 15-1511 and 26-2603-B).


   The provisions of this §  11.27 amended December 19, 1986, effective December 20, 1986, 16 Pa.B. 4874; amended October 22, 2004, effective October 23, 2004, 34 Pa.B. 5798. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (252442) and (244461).

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