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Extended School Year (ESY) and Permissive Summer School

Friday, May 3, 2019

ESY services are required special education and related services provided beyond the limits of the school term, in accordance with the child's IEP, and at no cost to the parents. These services are necessary in order to provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE). If a child needs ESY in order to receive FAPE, such services must be articulated in the child's IEP. If a child does not require ESY services in order to receive FAPE, the IEP should not include the child's participation in permissive summer school classes. For students with disabilities who do not qualify for extended school year services (ESY), districts are required by Section 504 to make reasonable accommodations to enable persons with disabilities to have the opportunity to participate. District must provide reasonable accommodations to give students with disabilities access unless those accommodations would fundamentally alter the nature of the summer programs.