Extended school year - or ESY as us cool kids like to call it - are special education and related services that are provided to a student with a disability beyond the typical school year. If a student requires ESY, it is added to the student's IEP.
But how do we know if a student requires ESY?
The need for ESY services must be determined annually on an individual student basis by the student's IEP team. So each year the IEP team should ask - does this student require extended school year services?
Students qualify for extended school year services in 3 general areas...
When few, if any, gains are made during the typical school year and a critical skill is in the process of emerging. A team would determine a need for this when they think ESY could help the student make reasonable gains.
When a student is expected to significantly regressed (based upon data taken from before and after extended school breaks) to such an extent and the amount of time required to re-learn skills or behaviors would impact the student's ability to benefit from their Special Education program.
You can read more about how to progress monitor students for regression HERE!
When the acquisition of critical life skills that assist in the student's ability to function as independently as possible, are expected to negatively impact the student's ability to benefit from their Special Education program.
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By: Miss Rae
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