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Extended School Year Services for Students with Disabilities (ESY)

District Requirements


Extended School Year (ESY) services is an individualized instructional program for eligible students with disabilities that is provided beyond the regular school year. The need for ESY services must be determined on an individual basis by the admission, review, and dismissal (ARD) committee. The individualized education program (IEP) developed for ESY must include goals and objectives.

The need for ESY services must be documented from formal or informal evaluations provided by the district or the parents. If a student requires a significant amount of time to recoup acquired critical skills, then the ARD committee must discuss whether the student needs extended educational or related services during school breaks. If the loss of acquired critical skills would be particularly severe or substantial, or if such loss results, or reasonably may be expected to result, in immediate physical harm to the student or to others, ESY services may be justified without consideration of the period of time for recoupment of such skills.


To maintain identified critical skills for students with disabilities, the district should make sure the following requirements are done to make sure that ESY services are available, as necessary, to provide a free, appropriate public education:

  • ESY services are determined by the student’s ARD committee. Services are student need driven and include a variety of options. ESY goals and activities are reflected in the student’s current IEP.
  • ESY services are not limited to particular categories of disability. District information reflects that all disability categories are considered for ESY. Consideration is by individual student need.
  • ESY services are not unilaterally limited as to the type, amount, or duration. Consideration of service delivery includes community options and services.
  • Transportation, as a related service, is considered and offered to students with disabilities who need this service to benefit from ESY services.




                           Chapter 89. Adaptations for Special Populations
Subchapter AA. Commissioner's Rules Concerning Special Education Services


§89.1065. Extended School Year Services.

Extended school year (ESY) services are defined as individualized instructional programs beyond the regular school year for eligible students with disabilities.

(1)  The need for ESY services must be determined on an individual student basis by the admission, review, and dismissal (ARD) committee in accordance with 34 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), §300.106, and the provisions of this section. In determining the need for and in providing ESY services, a school district may not:

(A)  limit ESY services to particular categories of disability; or

(B)  unilaterally limit the type, amount, or duration of ESY services.

(2)  The need for ESY services must be documented from formal and/or informal evaluations provided by the district or the parents. The documentation must demonstrate that in one or more critical areas addressed in the current individualized education program (IEP) goals and objectives, the student has exhibited, or reasonably may be expected to exhibit, severe or substantial regression that cannot be recouped within a reasonable period of time. Severe or substantial regression means that the student has been, or will be, unable to maintain one or more acquired critical skills in the absence of ESY services.

(3)  The reasonable period of time for recoupment of acquired critical skills must be determined on the basis of needs identified in each student's IEP. If the loss of acquired critical skills would be particularly severe or substantial, or if such loss results, or reasonably may be expected to result, in immediate physical harm to the student or to others, ESY services may be justified without consideration of the period of time for recoupment of such skills. In any case, the period of time for recoupment must not exceed eight weeks.

(4)  A skill is critical when the loss of that skill results, or is reasonably expected to result, in any of the following occurrences during the first eight weeks of the next regular school year:

(A)  placement in a more restrictive instructional arrangement;

(B)  significant loss of acquired skills necessary for the student to appropriately progress in the general curriculum;

(C)  significant loss of self-sufficiency in self-help skill areas as evidenced by an increase in the number of direct service staff and/or amount of time required to provide special education or related services;

(D)  loss of access to community-based independent living skills instruction or an independent living environment provided by noneducational sources as a result of regression in skills; or

(E)  loss of access to on-the-job training or productive employment as a result of regression in skills.

(5)  If the district does not propose ESY services for discussion at the annual review of a student's IEP, the parent may request that the ARD committee discuss ESY services pursuant to 34 CFR, §300.321.

(6)  If a student for whom ESY services were considered and rejected loses critical skills because of the decision not to provide ESY services, and if those skills are not regained after the reasonable period of time for recoupment, the ARD committee must reconsider the current IEP if the student's loss of critical skills interferes with the implementation of the student's IEP.

(7)  For students enrolling in a district during the school year, information obtained from the prior school district as well as information collected during the current year may be used to determine the need for ESY services.

(8)  The provision of ESY services is limited to the educational needs of the student and must not supplant or limit the responsibility of other public agencies to continue to provide care and treatment services pursuant to policy or practice, even when those services are similar to, or the same as, the services addressed in the student's IEP. No student will be denied ESY services because the student receives care and treatment services under the auspices of other agencies.

(9)  Districts are not eligible for reimbursement for ESY services provided to students for reasons other than those set forth in this section.