Your child’s IEP may recommend Extended School Year (ESY) services (also known as “12-month services”). ESY services are special education instructional programs and/or related services provided during July and August. ESY services are different from general education summer school. Extended School Year (ESY) services are offered for qualifying students in order to prevent substantial regression.
In accordance with section 200.6(k) of the Regulations of the New York State Commissioner of Education, students must be considered for 12-month ESY special services and/or programs to prevent substantial regression if they are students:
- whose management needs are determined to be highly intensive and require a high degree of individualized attention and intervention, and who are placed in special classes;
- with severe multiple disabilities, whose programs consist primarily of habilitation and treatment and are placed in special classes;
- who are recommended for home and/or hospital instruction whose special education needs are determined to be highly intensive and require a high degree of individualized attention and intervention or who have severe multiple disabilities and require primarily habilitation and treatment;
- whose needs are so severe that they can be met only in a seven-day residential program; or
- who are receiving other special education services and who, because of their disabilities, exhibit the need for a 12-month special service and/or program provided in a structured learning environment of up to 12-months’ duration in order to prevent substantial regression.
If your child was determined to require ESY services at his/her IEP meeting, the CSE recommended either that s/he receive the same program and services in July–August as in September–June, or less intense services, according to his/her individual needs. The 12-month Service and/or Program page of your child’s IEP shows whether your child is recommended for ESY and, if so, which services will be provided.