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ESY - COVID-19 Update    May 2020

What is ESY?  Extended School Year

ESY (Extended School Year) services are not the same thing as “summer school”. ESY services are specialized instruction or related services that are part of your child’s IEP and should have been discussed in your child’s ARD meeting. Typically, students who are eligible for ESY are those who have regressed during a regularly scheduled break (like winter or spring breaks, or over the summer) and have a demonstrated history of difficulty recouping previously learned skills or behavior.

  • ESY services are free and are part of your child’s free, appropriate, public education (FAPE).

The services are individualized to help each child maintain his skills and not lose the progress he’s made toward his goals. For some kids, this may mean one-on-one tutoring. For others it may be a few sessions of occupational therapy or speech therapy each week. What ESY looks like for your child is a decision made by his ARD committee.

  • If you have questions about whether your child should receive ESY services, contact your child’s special education teacher or ARDC facilitator.

Click HERE to go to the DISD Special Programs A to Z Procedures

How does my child qualify for ESY?

Typically, students who are eligible for ESY are those who have regressed during a regularly scheduled break (like winter or spring breaks, or over the summer) and have a demonstrated history of difficulty recouping previously learned skills or behavior.

  • ESY is not guaranteed for all students who have IEPs (and, not all students with IEPs need it.)

What does an IEP team consider to figure out if ESY services are needed?

  • If your child is eligible, his IEP team may talk about getting him ESY services. The main issues the team looks at are regression (losing skills) and recoupment (the time needed to relearn skills). The questions the team considers are:
  • Will your child lose critical skills without continued support and teaching? What data supports this critical loss?
  • Will it take a long time for him to regain those skills—longer than it would take a child without a learning difference? What data supports significantly extended time to regain those skills?

If your child has a history of regressing and struggling to relearn, the ARD committee will take that into account. If there’s no data, it can be harder to make a decision. But there are some questions the team may ask to help predict how likely he or she is to regress. These include:

  1. Has your child had difficulty retaining skills over shorter breaks?  What skills?
  2. Does your child have known issues with demonstrating key skills when school is back in session ?
  3. Does your child need continual reinforcement to keep his skills during the regular school year?
  4. Does your child have behavior issues that get in the way of learning during the school year? Will that be a problem next year without continued support over the summer?
  5. Is your child making steady progress toward meeting his IEP goals? And will a break in services threaten that progress?

 

Parents are critical members of the ARD committee. Please be prepared to share your observations and data collected on your child. 

 

 
    ESY Program Leadership

    Kim Davidson

    Coordinator of Special Programs Instruction & Compliance

    281-229-6075

    ARD Committee Facilitators


    ARDCF

    Location (s)

    Samaria Epps

    281-229-6244

    CRES | BCES

    Jennifer Groves

    281-229-6256

    JSES | BCES

    Jessica Haygood

    281-229-7168

    MJHS | HRES

    Jennifer Jones

    281-229-7428

    KELE | DMS

    Carol Krysher

    281-229-6631

    SLES | BMS

    Cristina Meder

    281-229-7866

    DHS

    Trish Newby

    281-309-3733

    KJHS | HRES

    Cierra Newell

    281-229-6595

    DHS

    Shannah Sauers

    281-229-7691

    Lobit Village

    Mike Tullos

    281-229-6505

    DHS

    Jennifer Groves

    Lead ARDC Facilitator and ESY Administrator

    281-229-6256

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