With the end of the school year fast approaching, and many annual IEP reviews taking place, families often contact us wondering whether their student can continue to receive special education support in the summer. This kind of support, known as Extended School Year (ESY) is very important to some students' ability to continue making progress toward IEP goals. This month's Special EDition, will define ESY, explain the process for determining eligibility, and help you understand how such services are part of your child's Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE).
What is ESY?
Extended School Year (ESY) services are special education and/or related services provided beyond the usual school hours/year, at times when school is not usually in session – often, but not only, during the summer. They are INDIVIDUALIZED services provided at no charge to parents. How the services are delivered is a team decision, and can range from 1:1 instruction at home, to participation in a summer program run by the District, to continuing participation in related services like Occupational or Speech Therapy in District offices. Districts are experimenting with computer based learning in groups at school sites, or through home based programs.
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