One parent said, “I feel like her teachers will say she doesn’t qualify/isn’t “behind” enough. But I’m of the mindset – the more help the better!”
Most states don’t consider how far “behind” a student is. Most states determine if ESY is necessary to help students maintain the skills they already have.
Another parent asked: “I have been needing to find this out for my 8yr old on an IEP. How do you qualify? What days, times, location, how many weeks? Do they understand days missed for vacations?”
ESY services need to be individualized, just like services and supports are during the school year. Districts should not be telling parents, this is what we offer. Some students will need services throughout a school vacation, not just for the times the District has decided to offer them. Some students may need less or more time that what the District is offering.
Another parent said her District doesn’t even offer any ESY services. It would be difficult to believe that no student with an IEP in a school district doesn’t qualify for Extended School Year services.
- Here is another Shocking Truth about ESY services. ESY services do not only have to happen during summer vacation. “What? Really? That’s all our District offers.” This is when we come back to ESY services are to provided to ensure your child has a Free Appropriate Public Education. Some students may need ESY services over the Christmas or winter break. Some schools are year round and will have several 3-4 week breaks throughout the year. Some students may need ESY during those breaks.
One parent said, “ I am asking for another parent. If a child has been determined to need an outside placement in a specialized school can the school district stop paying their portion of the specialized school during the summer when the student shows regression? I believe the school may have offered their standard 1/2 day four days for 4 weeks ESY program.”
The first thing to do is look up the state regulations in whichever state the parent lives in. My non-attorney opinion would be the District would have to continue paying for the student’s education during the summer, if the student needs those services to receive FAPE.
Another parent asked, “Does a student have to have below average scores in every subject to qualify or if, per se, the student was low in math, would that be enough to qualify for that subject?”
Great question. One thing you could do is look at your child’s math scores on different types of tests, past history, get input from his teachers, note observations you’ve made. Has he lost math skills after a school break, and how long does it take for him to re-learn those skills?
If you’d like to talk with me further about your individual’s child’s circumstances, give me a call at 208-340-5874.
Next Thursday, March 16th we’re going to have an awesome advocate from Texas join us and share some advocacy strategies on how to get individualized ESY services for your child. So, join us next Thursday night at 7:00pm Mountain Time on my Facebook page:
- We’ll end with this Shocking Truth: What you Accept, Continues.
If you continue to accept that the staff members on the IEP team says your child doesn’t qualify for ESY services, that will continue to be what happens.
If you continue to accept what the District offers every student for ESY services, that will continue to be all that your child receives.
As an advocate my goal is to have you accept what is right for your child. I’m here to help you have that happen!
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