Extended School Year (ESY) – provides special education and related services to students with disabilities beyond the regular 180-day school year. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the federal special education law, says that school districts, intermediate units, and charter schools must provide extended school year services if a student needs these services to receive a free appropriate public education (FAPE). In some cases, interruptions in the school schedule, such as summer break, will result in children with disabilities losing many of their basic skills and taking a long time to get those skills back once school begins again. ESY services are provided during breaks in the educational schedule to prevent this loss.
Extended School Year (ESY) – Additional Information:
Program dates: July 9 to August 15 (Tuesday – Thursday)
Program hours: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
ESY services will generally be provided in District school buildings on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., for a six-week period during the summer (July 9, 2019 to August 15, 2019). However, there is no fixed amount, type, or duration of ESY services; each student is entitled to receive the services necessary to ensure he/she receives an appropriate education based on his/her needs. You should discuss during each IEP Team meeting whether the student needs fewer, more, or alternative services.