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  • 8 Jul 2019 4:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    YORK, Pa. (WHTM) – This year’s state budget includes more funding to help students at home or in the hospital with serious illnesses or injuries.

    Telepresence technology allows kids to be in the classroom virtually.

    “I thought … well, where am I going to be in the next six months,” said Zachary Shiffer, who lives in York. “Am I still going to be in school?”

    Zachary Shiffer says he still thinks about second grade every day.

    “In January of 2016, he was diagnosed with AML, which is acute myeloid leukemia,” said Erin Shiffer, Zachary’s mom.

    He didn’t let that hold him back from excelling in academics and bonding with friends.

    “We had a laptop in the hospital room that he was able to remotely control the robot with,” said Jason Shiffer, Zachary’s dad. “The robot could basically do anything that a regular kid could do.”

    The Central York student was one of the first in the area to try telepresence technology.

    “I thought it was pretty neat,” said Zachary Shiffer. “I was still able to do work there and do science projects and do a math quiz.”

    State Sen. Scott Martin says thousands of kids in the hospital or who are homebound are in need of this tool.

    “It’s very tough and can be costly to school districts as well to find content-certified teachers to be able to go to somebody’s home,” Martin said.

    That’s why Martin pushed for $300,000 of funding for schools to purchase equipment.

    Senate Bill 144 got signed into law this week.

    “I think it’s a win win for everybody,” said Martin.

    “I was still able to communicate with my friends and just like I never left,” said Zachary Shiffer.

    Zachary Shiffer said learning through the robot made resuming school a piece of cake.

    Next Sunday marks three years in remission.

    “Thankful for every day,” Erin Shiffer said .

    “I’m just really glad that people are still trying to overcome their cancer or whatever they have and at the same time still being able to interact with school,” said Zachary Shiffer.

    That law goes into effect in about two months.

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  • 11 Jun 2019 4:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Students take classes through Intermediate Unit 13 at Bright Side Opportunities Center, with support from literacy council

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  • 29 May 2019 9:12 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    16-year-old Atiya Jackson and 15-year-old Desoray Madera trade the classroom for work one day a week.

    "We are doing packets. We always do these for new patients," Jackson said while showing us their work.

    The pair are part of the recently created "possibilities program."

    15 special needs students from Colonial Intermediate Unit 20 volunteer at St. Luke's Anderson campus one day a week.

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  • 7 Feb 2019 11:12 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    After a monthslong national search, Lincoln Intermediate Unit 12's board of directors approved a new executive director, who hopes to bring forward thinking and a knack for building connections.

    Jeffrey West was appointed by the board at its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 8, and will serve a four-year term beginning in early spring. read more ...


  • 5 Feb 2019 11:08 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Bucks County Intermediate Unit, a supporting agency for private and public schools in the county, will get more than $900,000 for high-tech equipment and curriculum development. read more ...


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