The Individualized Education Program (IEP) team should also consider the student’s need to receive services beyond the typical school year. This is called extended school year (ESY). The need for ESY services must be considered for every student with a disability at each IEP meeting. ESY services must be provided if the IEP team determines that such services are necessary for the provision of a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to the student. ESY is an individual decision and can’t be based on the type of disability or classroom placement. Although ESY is generally thought of as a summer program, it can be provided during any school break. Michigan has set standards for ESY services and also provides guidance on those standards.
Once you understand the procedure for determining ESY, like every other IEP decision, look at the data available.