Extended School Year (ESY)

Extended School Year Services in Hanover County Public Schools are:

Intended to ensure that students with disabilities receive a free and an appropriate public education.

Considered at every IEP meeting.

Determined to be necessary based on qualification through ONE or more of the following:

WHAT are NOT ESY Services?

Because ESY services are uniquely designed to provide FAPE to students with disabilities, it is necessary to emphasize that these services are:

Not based on the category of the student’s disability -services must be based on the student’s unique educational needs;

Not mandated twelve-month services for all students with disabilities;

Not a child care service;

Not necessarily a continuation of the total IEP provided to a student with a disability during the regular school year;

Not required to be provided all day, every day, or each day;

Not an automatic program provision from year to year;

Not summer school, compensatory services, or enrichment programs;

Not required to be provided in a traditional classroom setting; and

Not a service to be provided to maximize each student’s potential.


An examination of these factors should lead the IEP team to answer the basic question articulated:

Will the benefits a child with a disability gained during the regular school year be significantly jeopardized if the child is not provided with the ESY program?

If the answer is "yes," then the child must receive ESY services in order to receive a free and appropriate education.