EXTENDED SCHOOL YEAR FAQs
When will the decision be made regarding eligibility for ESY services?
During the annual IEP meeting, 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 April 15 so that the district can most effectively plan for staffing, space, and materials for ESY.
How will I know if my student qualifies?
Parents 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. If the school team believes it is critical for your student to attend ESY services and you refuse, the school could file for mediation or due process.
What if I think my child needs ESY but the school staff does not agree?
If parents believe their student requires ESY, all of the parental rights for due process apply to this decision. For more information, download the Parent Rights in Special Education document.
What if I want a summer experience for my student that will increase skills?
The purpose of ESY as delineated in IDEA-04 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 served through our early childhood programs attend ESY services at Hilltop Learning Center. Elementary school students attend ESY at a designated elementary school that is located within the district. Students who are in middle school, high school or the 18-21 program attend a designated high school. Occasionally a student may need to be served in another setting. This is determined by the IEP team.
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 at (913) 239-4044.