Matawan Aberdeen Regional School District
Extended School Year Program 2019
The term extended school year services (ESY) is a part of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, specifically, Sec.300.106. This section was added to ensure that students who forget a great deal of what they learn over the long summer break are provided with continuing instruction. The legal definition of extended school year services states that the term refers to special education and related services that are provided to a child with a disability, beyond the normal school year of the public agency, in accordance with the child’s IEP and at no cost to the parents of the child, and that meet the standards of SEA (state educational agency).
ESY services are not provided all summer long. Usually, such services are made available four to five weeks of the summer, meeting three to four hours per day. The teacher may or may not be a child’s normal school year teacher, but he or she is required to be qualified to teach special education and should understand the child’s IEP program goals.
- Regulations state that, to qualify, a child with a disability must lose two-thirds of the skills they learned during the school year (usually based upon progress toward IEP goals), and take between six and nine weeks of the next school year to regain those skills. A number of students forget some of the skills they learn during the summer months; however, most do not lose as much as two thirds, regardless of disability.
- Typically, the students who receive ESY services are those with more severe disabilities, and are often served in self-contained programs; students with less pronounced disabilities are least likely to be selected as needing these services.
- As stated, each IEP team should carefully consider a student’s needs and make a data-based decision. Parents should ask about ESY services during the annual IEP meeting if they believe their child needs them. Eligibility may be determined at a later date, after teachers and providers assess your child's level of regression and recoupment rates throughout the year.
The services are individualized based on the student's needs and will vary. They could include, physical therapy, behavioral support, instructional services, take home packages for parental implementation with consultative services, coaching, small group instruction just to name a few. ESY does not support the learning of new skills but the retention of those already taught. Districts will vary in their form of services offered.
More information regarding ESY for the summer of 2019 will be available in February, 2019.