What does ESY or Extended School Year mean?

Extended School Year (ESY) is a way to keep improvement going for children who would lose headway without school over the long summer break. As a provision of IDEA, ESY may involve actual school classes; speech, physical or occupational therapy; payment for private speech, physical or occupational therapy; programs out-of-district; or other arrangements specified in the IEP.

The general standard applied when determining a student’s need for ESY is whether that student will regress significantly without services, or the student will require a longer than usual time to recoup lost skills when school starts again. Despite what your district may tell you, regression is not the only criteria for ESY eligibility.

Other possible reasons for providing ESY services may be a lack of progress toward goals, services missed during the year, or severe disability. It is also known as ESS or Extended School Services.

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