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Extended School Year

Extended School Year (ESY) services are special education and related services that are provided to a child with a disability. These services are different from summer school. Summer school is an extension of the regular school year available to any student attending the school. ESY services are special education and related services that a student must qualify for and are in accordance with the student's IEP.


ESY services are not provided to enhance a student’s education or to provide a student with the best possible educational program. Nor are ESY services to be provided as compensatory time or to help a student who has missed school. ESY services are required when determined to be necessary for a child to progress over time and to benefit from the IEP.

Legal Guidelines

34 CFR §300.106 states the following about ESY services:

  • Each public agency must ensure that extended school year services are available as necessary to provide FAPE.
  • Extended school year services must be provided only if a child's IEP team determines, on an individual basis, that the services are necessary for the provision of FAPE to the child.
  • In implementing the requirements of this section, a public agency may not limit extended school year services to particular categories of disability or unilaterally limit the type, amount, or duration of those services.

General Guidelines

  • The key question before the IEP team is whether the child needs ESY services in order to secure the minimum benefits of a free and appropriate public education during the regular school year.
  • ESY services do not need to duplicate the services provided during the school year because the purpose is different (prevent regression rather than continued progression). A student may require ESY services in only one area (e.g. speech and language) but not in other areas (e.g. specialized academic instruction).
  • When an IEP team discusses ESY services, they should consider the student’s current placement in order to avoid placing the student in a more or less restrictive environment for ESY services.
  • The determination of ESY eligibility must be based on empirical and qualitative data collected by the IEP team members for the student’s individual skills.
  • The IEP should clearly indicate a start date, end date, frequency and duration of the ESY services.

Extended School Year 2018 School

The extended school year schedule for 2018 is still under development.  Stay Tuned for Updates

For a complete list of proposed ESY sites, please click this link.