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Extended School Year (ESY)

Extended School Year (ESY) services should be provided for each student who has exceptional needs and requires special education and related services in  excess of the general academic year.  If such student shall have handicaps, which are likely to continue indefinitely or for a prolonged period, and interruption of their educational programming may cause regression when coupled with limited capacity to regain skills lost, which renders it impossible or unlikely that they will attain the level of self-sufficiency and independence that would otherwise be expected in view of handicapping condition. (CCR Title 5 Article 4 Sec 3043)

Extended School Year (ESY) is: 

  • Based only on specific essential skills that are critical to student's progress as determined by the IEP team.
  • Designed to maintain student progress not to learn new skills.
  • Considered as a strategy for minimizing the regression of skills in order to allow recoupment at the same rate as general ed students.
  • An offer of services necessary to prevent regression to allow for recoupment.

Extended School Year (ESY) is NOT: 

  • A mandated service for all students with disabilities.
  • Intended to provide additional instruction on the previous year's IEP goals.
  • Compulsory.
  • A summer recreation or respite program for students with disabilities.
  • A complete replica of the school year services; each service should be considered separately. 

For more information, contact your child's IEP case manager.