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Extended School Year Services (ESY)

If your child needs services beyond the regular school year in order to make reasonable progress, the school system must provide these services.

Extended school year services are special education and related services that

  • are provided to a student with a disability.
  • beyond the public agency's school calendar or instructional day;
  • in accordance with the student's IEP;
  • at no cost to the parent of the student; 
  • and meet the standards of the Department of Education.

Each public agency must:

  • ensure that extended school year services are available as necessary to provide free appropriate public education;
  • provide extended school year services only if a student's CCC determines, on an individual basis, that the services are necessary for the provision of free appropriate public education for student;
  • may no limit extended school year services to particular categories of disability, or unilaterally limit the type, amount, or duration of those services.

The decision about ESY services must be made at your child's annual IEP review meeting, IEP Amendment, subsequent CCC meeting, or at a meeting in time for you to challenge a decision not to provide services so that the issue can be resolved before the summer. ESY must be individualized to meet your child's needs, and must be provided in the least restrictive environment.

Remember: ESY services are not just an extension of time in school, they are not automatic, and they are not enrichment programs. ESY services are individualized services designed to give your child the ability to meet certain objectives in his or her IEP that cannot be achieved without education time beyond the regular school day.