Parents are often worried about their kids’ educational development, especially when breaks, such as the summer vacations, affect their learning. Thus, Extended School Year (ESY) programs are sought after as they are customised to each child’s individual interests. They assist children in improving their abilities and maintaining progress against their goals. Depending on the child’s requirement, the Individualised Education Programme (IEP) team determines how Extended School Year can help your child. Read on to know more about Extended School Year.
Extended School Year (ESY) facilities are advanced training or similar programmes that are provided as part of your child’s education. It is not the same as Summer School. If your child needs ESY services, you are not required to pay for him, as it comes under Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE). These facilities are given when school is not in session, i.e. every day during the summer, so that the child continues learning without a break. At times, ESY facilities are also provided during extended holidays, such as the winter vacation.
The purpose of Extended School Year (ESY) programmes offered to students as part of an ESY curriculum is not based on acquiring new skills or “getting promoted” to grade level but rather on providing practice to maintain previously developed or mastered skills. In certain circumstances, ESYear is focused on continued education for students whose pace of improvement is inadequate and to allow them for successful progress during the normal school year. This programme is designed to assist a student with a disability. As described by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), ESY special education helps special kids in maintaining learning, social/behavioural, and communication skills. Self-help, emotional support, physical mobility, communication, assistive technology, academics and vocational skills are some life skills ESYs help kids with.
A student may be qualified for Extended School Year (ESY) based on any of the following requirements:
Individual decisions about ESY services must be made, taking into account the child’s specific needs. In these cases, the extent of the student’s condition, as well as other considerations, will be included in the ESY eligibility process. Other things to remember when deciding on ESY are as follows:
If your child qualifies, his Individualised Education Programme (IEP) team will discuss ESY services for him. The team’s primary concerns are the loss of skills and the time needed to relearn the skills. Below are the questions that the team asks:
If the child has a history of regressing and has been failing to relearn, his Individualised Education Programme (IEP) staff will consider the performance of the child. It can be difficult to make a decision when there is no data. However, the team will ask some questions to help determine how likely he is to regress.
Here are few examples:
The Individualised Education Programme (IEP) team will decide which programmes will be offered and how many of them will be provided over the extended school year. The team may continue to provide all of the services that the student received during the normal school year or provide only a subset of the services or one particular service. This choice is dependent on each student’s needs.
The location of ESY is decided by the Individualised Education Programme (IEP) team. It may be offered in a variety of settings, such as a school or a workplace. It is always provided in the least restrictive setting (LRE) that is suitable for the student. This ensures that the student is put in a position where he can interact with other students who are not disabled. However, the school board, IU, or charter school are not allowed to gather nondisabled students simply to make the ESY climate less restrictive. If the IEP team decides that the student should access sufficient ESY services in a non-educational environment, ESY services can be given there.
Yes, ESY programmes are given so that the student can access free and adequate public education. ESY school, including special education, occupational training, physical therapy or transportation, should be provided at no cost to the parent. If an LEA decides to offer school extended into summer services in a non-traditional environment, such as a neighbourhood recreation programme, the parent will be charged a fee for the “recreational portion” of the programme that is not needed for Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) provision. This is in addition to the fee charged to the parent of every child in the programme.
Yes, parents have the option to waive ESY services. The school is responsible for proving that they made ESY available and that the parents refused. To suit their summer schedules, some parents chose to forego ESY programmes in favour of private services. Private facilities, on the other hand, would not be provided for by the school in place of ESY. In certain cases, ESY can finance (or partly fund) specialist summer camps for children with autism spectrum disorders or developmental disabilities.
Any child with special needs will not be able to maintain the skills they gained over the academic year until they get extra assistance during the summer. Students who qualify for ESY will be given an individualised programme to help them learn and retain skills over the break.
This post was last modified on May 25, 2021 11:23 pm
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