Extended School Year
The Extended School Year (ESY) program provides special education and related services to students with disabilities, beyond the normal school year in accordance with the child’s IEP and at no cost to the parents of the child (ISBE 2005). Eligibility for ESY services is determined by the student’s IEP team members, which includes parents. Teams will consider the severity of the student’s needs, evidence of past loss of skills during extended breaks from school, and patterns of recoupment of skills when returning from breaks. The purpose of ESY is to help students maintain current skill levels. Typically, teams determine ESY eligibility in the spring. Children may be eligible to receive academic support and/or related service support during ESY (e.g., occupational therapy, social work, speech/language support, and physical therapy). For more information on ESY, please see the Communication on Extended School Year Services provided by the Illinois State Board of Education.
BPS101 partners with the MidValley Special Education Cooperative to plan a wonderful ESY program that meets the diverse needs of all of our students with disabilities. This summer Batavia will host walk-in speech services, a community preschool program as well as programs for students in grades K-12th grade who receive their specialized supports during the school year in our Batavia Programs. The Batavia ESY program starts on Tuesday, June 18th and ends on Thursday, July 18th. There is no ESY the week of July 1st. The MidValley ESY program is designed to meet the needs of students that are currently enrolled in MidValley programs during the school year. MidValley will also support many of our Early Childhood and High School students. This program starts on Monday, July 8th and ends on Thursday, August 1st in Geneva.
To determine if your child qualifies for ESY and to learn more about which program is recommended to meet their unique needs, please contact a member of your child’s IEP team.