Some students with disabilities qualify for extended school year (ESY) services in the summer. These services are usually given when a student is likely to “regress” or lose skills without summer services or classes. For some kids, ESY might mean a social skills program. For others, it might mean speech therapy or reading skills sessions.
Not all kids with disabilities are eligible for summer ESY. That’s because not all students are likely to lose skills over the summer. But this year, many kids may have a different option for summer learning.
Because of COVID-19, many kids with disabilities have fallen behind this year. Remote learning was a big change. Many students did not receive services or accommodations for part of the year.
That’s why kids with IEPs and 504 plans may be eligible for “compensatory services” to make up for what they didn’t get during remote learning. Compensatory services aren’t the same thing as ESY. They should be given when the school didn’t provide the required services described in a student’s IEP or 504 plan.
There’s more funding for compensatory services because of the pandemic. Some of this money can be used for services over the summer.
Some districts are still figuring out how they will decide who needs compensatory services. Check with your district to see what the process is.
requesting an IEP meeting
to see about adding compensatory services this summer. And learn how schools decide
who qualifies for extended school year services