Extended School Year (ESY) is defined as special education and related services that are provided to a child with a disability beyond the normal school year of the public agency in accordance with the child’s IEP and at no cost to the parents of the child (ISBE, 23 IAC 226.75). Eligibility for ESY services is determined by the student’s IEP team members, which includes parents, and must be provided if the team determines that the services are necessary for a student to receive a free appropriate public education (FAPE). In determining eligibility for ESY, teams will consider a variety of factors including 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. For more information on ESY, please see the Communication on Extended School Year Services provided by the Illinois State Board of Education.
This year, ESY will be held at Lions Park School, Monday through Friday, beginning July 10th and ending July 28th. Students entering EC - 1st grade will attend from 8:45 AM-11:15 AM, while students entering 2nd - 8th grade will attend from 8:00 AM-12:00 PM.
The District 57 ESY program will provide eligible students with academic instruction in reading, writing, and math. Instruction will be tailored to maintain skills identified in each student’s IEP using district-approved curriculum. Related services will be provided as determined in the ESY section of each student’s IEP.
Registration for ESY:
1. Your child’s IEP team will discuss your child’s eligibility for ESY at the annual review. If you are unsure about your child’s eligibility for ESY, please contact your child’s case manager.
2. Complete the electronic registration form to indicate whether you’d like your child to participate in ESY and your interest in transportation during ESY. Transportation is available at no charge.
All families with children eligible for ESY services must have completed and submitted registration by May 5, 2017. If ESY eligibility is determined at an IEP meeting after this date, please complete the registration process as soon as possible. We appreciate your assistance with completing registration within this timeframe, as it allows us to properly staff the program.
If your child is not able to attend all of the ESY dates, please notify your child’s current case manager or the Student Services Department at 847-394-7300 ext. 1017. Your child is welcome to attend for only part of the summer.