EXTENDED SCHOOL YEAR (ESY)
Extended School Year (ESY) is a special education service that provides services to students beyond the standard school year in order to maintain a student’s learned skills or behavior.
If you answered yes to any of the questions above, you should have a conversation with your child’s special education teacher.
How is the decision made whether a student requires ESY services?
The IEP team decides whether or not the student requires ESY services. Without a recommendation from the IEP team, ESY services will not be provided. The decision is based upon three criteria: regression, recoupment and critical learning.
• Regression – All students, disabled and non-disabled, experience regression during breaks in instruction. For purposes of ESY determination, regression is defined as a significant decline in the performance of a skill or acquired knowledge as specified in the annual IEP goals, which occurs during a break in instruction.
Other Items to Consider:
*Under the guidelines of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 300.309), all school districts must provide ESY services (34 C.F.R. § 300.106) if a student requires such services in order to receive a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE).