Extended School Year
ESY services are special education and related services provided to students with disabilities beyond the framework of the usual school year. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), is a federal special education law that indicates school districts, intermediate units, and charter schools must provide these services if a student requires them to receive a Free Appropriate Public Educations (FAPE). In some cases, with summer break, students with disabilities result in losing or struggling to retain many of their basic skills. ESY services are designed to address such needs.
Individual IEP teams address the need for ESY services during the school year. Such decisions are based upon feedback from team members and the parents of students involved. Although local districts may access a wide variety of means to provide such services, ARIN IU 28 implements three programs to assist districts and parents in these cases.
3 ESY Programs:
- Home-based - Assigned Special Education teachers set up appointments with parents/guardians to provide ESY services at student homes (6 week program starting in July).
- IUP based - Supervised by IUP Faculty and taught by graduate students at Davis Hall on campus (4 week program in June).
- Site-based - Assigned Special Education teachers at Apollo-Ridge and Homer Center School Districts to provide ESY services (5 week program starting in July).
Questions regarding ESY eligibility, program schedules, timetables, and other related issues should be directed to local school districts Special Education departments.
For questions regarding ARIN IU 28 ESY programs, please contact:
Courtney Rizer at 724-463-5300 ext.1246
Additional information regarding ESY in Pennsylvania is available within the ESY Services In Pennsylvania brochure from the Department of Education.