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Private school for special needs students closes in Scranton, Pa.

July 7, 2022
The dePaul School said the Covid-19 pandemic led to a drop in enrollment.

The dePaul School, a private institution in Scranton, Pa., for students with dyslexia and other learning disabilities in grades two through eight, has shuttered its campus.

The Scranton Times-Tribune reports that the school closed at the end of June after Allied Services, which operated the school for three decades, tried unsuccessfully to find another institution to step in and provide those services.

The school faced several problems because of the Covid-19 pandemic, Allied said. Enrollment, which was 65 to 70 students before the pandemic, was reduced to 45 students because of space limitations and virus protection requirements.

Keystone College, based in La Plume, Pa., announced plans earlier this year to construct a 25,000-square-foot Living Learning Education Complex that would include space to house the dePaul School, but it was unclear who would operate it. Keystone said it is still seeking state funding for the $3.5 million project.

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