Extended School Year Services
|What are they?||
Extended School Year Services (ESYS) are special education services that are provided to a child with a disability beyond the normal school year. ESYS is provided in accordance with the IEP at no cost to the parent or child.
Any services provided beyond the regular school year by the LEA and/or AEA constitute an ESYS program when the following conditions are met:
|How do we decide if a student needs Extended School Year Services?||
Iowa has developed three main standards that may be used by IEP teams in deciding whether ESYS is necessary to provide FAPE or an individual student. They are:
|Goal Areas of Concern||
First and foremost, there must be a goal area where there are significant concerns regarding skill acquisition or maintenance of skills during a break in services. These goal areas should represent skills essential to the progress of the student.
Regression refers to the failure to maintain an acquired skill in an identified goal area of concern as a result of an interruption of special education instruction or support services in an IEP goal area, to the extent that an unreasonable period of reteaching as determined by the IEP team will be required to regain previous competence.
In applying this standard IEP teams should consider the following:
|Rare and Unusual Circumstances Standard||
Rare and unusual circumstances refer to situations where failure to provide a service will result in the permanent loss or severely limit the pupil’s capacity and potential to acquire skills needed for the student to benefit from FAPE. In most cases, ESYS shall provide for the acquisition of a skill and prevent the anticipated permanent limitation.
In applying this standard, IEP teams should consider the following:
The three standards can be addressed specifically by the IEP team if the team answers the following critical questions:
If the IEP team answers “yes” to any of the above questions, then ESYS should be given serious consideration. However, an answer of “yes” does not mean the student is in need of ESYS, but it does mean that the IEP team needs to carefully consider the information in their review.
If a decision to provide ESYS is made, the agreed upon services should be documented on the IEP
Each IEP is marked with “Yes” or “No” on the Extended School Year Services section on the Services page.
Prior Written Notice must be given at the following times:
Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on September 01, 2015 at 1:49pm.