What is ESY?
- Extended School Year (ESY) is an individualized instructional program for eligible students with disabilities that is provided beyond the regular school year. The need for ESY services must be determined on an individual basis by the admission, review, and dismissal (ARD) committee. The individualized education program (IEP) developed for ESY must include goals.
- The need for ESY services must be documented from formal or informal evaluations provided by the district or the parents. If a student requires a significant amount of time to recoup acquired critical skills, then the ARD committee must discuss whether the student needs extended educational or related services during school breaks. If the loss of acquired critical skills would be particularly severe or substantial, or if such loss results, or reasonably may be expected to result, in immediate physical harm to the student or to others, ESY services may be justified without consideration of the period of time for recoupment of such skills.
Who determines ESY?
- ESY services, including the frequency and duration, are determined by the student’s ARD committee. Services are student need driven and include a variety of options. ESY goals and activities are reflected in the student’s current IEP.
What disability conditions qualify for ESY?
- ESY services are not limited to particular categories of disability. District information reflects that all disability categories are considered for ESY. Consideration is by individual student need.
Is special transportation available for ESY?
- Transportation, as a related service, is considered and offered to students with disabilities who need this service to benefit from ESY services.