Extended School Year (ESY) Services
School Year Services (ESY) are services
provided to eligible students with disabilities beyond the regular
school year. These services must be determined on an individual basis by
the Individualized Education Plain (IEP) team. Inver Grove Heights
Community Schools offers a continuum of ESY services from center-based
programming to support in non-special education programs. The need for
ESY services must be addressed annually for each student with a
What is the purpose of ESY?
purpose of ESY is to prevent severe and substantial regression in one
or more acquired skills that cannot be recouped within a reasonable
period of time, not to exceed eight weeks.
Who determines whether a student with a disability needs ESY?
IEP team will decide if the student has exhibited regression OR may be
reasonable expected to exhibit sever and substantial regression in one
or more acquired critical skills. The IEP team determines which services
are to be provided to the student during ESY. The IEP team will review
the documentation of regression to determine on which goals or
objectives the student has experienced sever and substantial regression.
The frequency and duration of ESY services are based on the
requirements of the selected goals or objectives.
How does the IEP team decide whether a student with disabilities needs ESY
The IEP team determines if the loss of an acquired skill could lead to the following occurrences:
If a child with a disability receives ESY one summer, will he/she receive ESY the following summer?
- Placement would be more restrictive.
- Significant loss of acquired skills necessary for the student to make appropriate progress in the general curriculum.
loss of self-sufficiency in self-help skills as evidenced by increased
number of direct service staff and/or amount of time required to provide
special education or related services.
- Loss of access to
community-based independent living skills instruction or to an
independent living environment provided by non-educational sources as a
result of regression in skills.
- Loss of access to an on-the-job training opportunity or productive employment as a result of regression in skills.
a student's involvement in ESY services one year does not automatically
guarantee services for the following year. The decision about the need
for ESY services is determined annually by the IEP team.
What information can I provide to assist the IEP team in the decision-making process?
can assist by providing information about your child's ability to
maintain skills during extended breaks from school. Some examples of
information that you can provide include:
you have any questions regarding Extended School Year services, please
contact Abel Riodique, Assistant Director of Special Education, at
651-306-7828 or email@example.com.
- How well did your child maintain skills last summer?
- What impact do weekends and holidays have on your child's ability to maintain skills?
- How long does it usually take your child to regain the skills he or she has lost after an extended break from school?