Extended School Year
Extended school year is a concept that not a lot of people know about. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act defines extended school year as special education and related services that are provided to a child with a disability beyond the normal school year of a public agency; in accordance with the child’s IEP; and at no cost to the parents of the child and meets the standards of the SEA. 20 U.S.C. 1412(b)(1)(2). Offering extended school year is decided on by the IEP team if the child needs services that go beyond the general school year. This service is applied on a case by case basis, and is supposed to address critical skills that the student should accomplish as well as prepare the student to a certain level of readiness for the upcoming year. Having extended school year services is part of providing a FAPE (Free and Appropriate Public Education).
If the goals of a student with a disability require extended school year services, this is a conversation parents should have with the IEP team. Parents should check state and federal regulations surrounding extended school year. For more information about extended school year, please see: http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/esy.index.htm http://www.greatschools.org/gk/articles/services-beyond-the-school-year/ http://idea.ed.gov/explore/view/p/,root,regs,300,B,300%252E106