Who qualifies for the Extended School Year (ESY) program?
The recommendation for extended school year services must be supported by the needs indicated in the present levels of development of the student’s IEP. In addition, staff have gathered data on the impact of vacations during the year to determine regression for any student who may be considered for the Extended School Year program. This documentation must indicate in which areas or goals substantial regression is expected.
Substantial regression means a student’s inability to maintain developmental levels due to a loss of skills or knowledge during the months of July and August. If the student’s anticipated loss of skill over the summer would be so significant as to require an inordinate period of review or retraining at the start of each school year, the student should be recommended for 12-month programming. As a guideline, a retraining period of 8 weeks or more would indicate substantial regression.
Are ESY services the same as those provided during the School Year?
The services for the summer may differ from those provided during the 10-month program. In fact, services for the summer must focus on only those areas or goals in which substantial regression is expected. This is not intended to be an exact replica of the student’s 10-month program but services must be available to prevent substantial regression so the student is prepared to advance their learning in September when they return to school.
If you have any questions regarding the ESY, please contact the Special Education Office at 207-2065.