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Petition calling ACPS to change policy excusing therapy appointments

March 27th, 2023 by WCBC Radio

Some parents upset with  a recent Allegany County School Board decision to stop excusing therapy appointments are now
considering taking legal action.  A letter dated Februay 21st from the superintendent informed parents that  students will no longer be released to third parties for therapy appointments. Although the decision was based on the scheduling and transportation issues of just one outside agency- Potomac Behavioral and Occupational Therapy- a number of  parents who utilize other services also received the letter with one woman deeming it a threat. The issue came to light when parent Christina Gordon addressed the board of education during the regular March public meeting…

More than 1,600 people have since signed a petition calling for a change to the policy. Meanwhile  the owner of Potomac Therapy, Johh Schnably, who is currently out of the country, has indicated that the transportation concerns have since been addressed and he sees no reason why students would not be allowed to continue therapy sessions with Potomac. With some parents considering taking legal action against the board, Schnably has said he will be willing to pay their legal fees in support of the effort. One school board member contacted by WCBC News declined to comment on the matter  due to the potential litigation.