Students between the ages of 3 and 21 with disability-based IEPs may be eligible for Extended School Year (ESY) services through the Special Education Department. This decision is made by the IEP team.
The majority of students who attend ESY work on maintaining skills that they have developed during the school year. When considering eligibility for ESY services, the IEP team must consider data that indicates the student would lose skills that could not be regained within a reasonable time period upon returning to school without the provision of extended services.
Extended School Year services are typically provided in conjunction with the summer school program offered by LPS. The service each student receives is individualized and is based on IEP goals that have been attained during the regular school calendar.
When will the decision be made regarding eligibility for ESY services?
ESY is an IEP team decision, the team discusses the student's eligibility for ESY and reaches a decision about the services. The IEP team may defer the decision until spring. IEP teams are encouraged to make decisions by mid April so that the district can most effectively plan for staffing, space, and materials for ESY.
How will I know if my student qualifies?
Parents are mandatory members of the IEP team and must have meaningful input into this discussion. The team cannot make this determination without parent or guardian input.
What if I do not want my child to attend ESY?
As a parent, you have the right to refuse services.
What if I want a summer experience for my student that will increase skills rather than just maintain skills?
The purpose of ESY as delineated in IDEA is to maintain already mastered skills. Some parents choose to enroll their students in more traditional summer school programs or enrichment types of programs in the community.
Where are ESY services located?
Students who are eligible for ESY services attend designated building sites within the district.
Who can I contact with questions?
If you have any other questions about ESY services, please contact your student's special education teacher. Additional questions may be directed to the Special Education Department.