Special Education Extended School Year

Extended School Year (ESY) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Updated May 9, 2022

What is ESY?

Extended School Year (ESY) is an extension of existing Special Education Individual Education Program (IEP) services provided during the summer recess to assist a student in maintaining skills on goals and objectives from their current IEP.  The primary goal of ESY is to limit regression of skills gained during the school year.

ESY School Sites - 2022 ESY Feeder pattern

ESY Dates for 2022 -

April 19 - Deadline for ESY students to accept ESY Assignment via online Registration link

May 9-12 - Assignment letters for ESY mailed and emailed to families.

May 31 - Transportation routes mailed to students

June 8th - First Day of Extended School Year

June 20th - Holiday, no school

July 4th - Holiday, no school

July 7th - Last day of Elementary and Middle school Extended School Year.

July 14th - Last day of High school Extended School Year.

How were families informed about their child’s ESY assignment?

We are in the final stages of preparation for our Extended School Year (ESY) 2022. By now families should have received their ESY letters and filled out the online form to let us know their students will be coming. Final confirmation and placement letters will be sent out to families the week of May 9th.

Key Enrollment Dates:

August - April 1 - Student Case managers hold IEPS to include ESY services.

April 5-7 - Prior Written Notices (PWN’s) emailed and mailed out to all qualified students (includes online registration link)

  • Special Education Services will be sending Assignment Letter PWNs to all students who have ESY services as part of their current Offer of FAPE.
  • This notice will inform families of their child’s ESY site assignment.
  • The PWN will also outline the process for accepting/declining ESY.
  • The PWN will be sent via Parentvue and email and letters will be mailed to those families who do not have email addresses. 

April 19 - Deadline for ESY students to accept ESY Assignment via online Registration link

  • Please note that students who accepted their assignment by the April 19th deadline and are currently receiving transportation as part of their Individual Education Plan, (IEP) will automatically be offered Transportation for ESY. 
  • Families who miss the April 19th deadline are still welcome to enroll in ESY. The April 19th Deadline is to ensure that transportation has enough time to schedule the buses before school starts.

May 9-12 - Assignment letters for ESY mailed and emailed to families

How do families accept the ESY offer and enroll their student(s)?

If you think your child is eligible for ESY but have not received a letter or an email, please contact your Childs Case Manager or reach out to esy@sfusd.edu

Families can reply to the ESY letter in any of the following ways:

  • Fill out this Google Form - 2022 ESY Accept / Decline
  • Email: send an email to esy@sfusd.edu
  • Mail: check the appropriate box on the Assignment Letter, sign, and return via USPS Mail to the following address:

By now families should have received their ESY letters and filled out the online form to let us know their students will be coming. The deadline for this first round was April 19th. 

Please note that students who are currently receiving transportation as part of their Individual Education Plan, (IEP) will automatically be offered Transportation for ESY if they enrolled by April 19th. 

Families who missed the April 19th deadline are still welcome to enroll in ESY. The April 19th Deadline was to ensure that transportation has enough time to schedule the buses before school starts.

What are the 2022 ESY Sites and Feeder Pattern?

ESY Feeder Pattern

Click Here to see the 2022 ESY school site feeder pattern for sending and receiving schools.

 

ESY School Sites

PreK In-Person-  assigned to their EED sites or: 

Individually Placed in Integrated pK Classrooms

  • Bessie (PK-int)
  • Malcolm X (PK-int)
  • Cobb (PK-int)

Elementary -  

  • Tenderloin Elementary School
  • Clarendon Elementary School
  • Lafayette Elementary School
  • ER Taylor Elementary School

Middle School 

  • Denman Middle School

High School and ACCESS Programs

  • Balboa High School
  • Galileo High School
  • Lincoln High School

Alternative Programs / County-  

  • McAuley 

 

 

ESY Dates for Summer 2022

ESY Dates for 2022:

April 8th - ESY Prior Written Notices were sent out to families via Parentvue and US Mail

April 19th - Accept your assignment by this day to ensure your student has transportation on the first day

April 26th - Placement letters sent out to families

May 31st - Transportation letters sent out to families

June 8th - First Day of Extended School Year

June 20th - Holiday, no school

July 4th - Holiday, no school

July 7th - Last day of Elementary and Middle school Extended School Year.

July 14th - Last day of High school Extended School Year.

*Breakfast and Lunch are provided during ESY

How long is the ESY school day?

  • Prek- 8 ESY will consist of 4 hours (240 minutes) of instruction and educational learning activities based on students’ current IEP goals. 
  • High School ESY will consist of 5 hours (300 minutes) of instruction and educational learning activities based on students’ current IEP goals. 
  • Each teacher will develop a classroom schedule, based on student need and communicate this to families before June 9th.

*Breakfast and Lunch are provided during ESY

Will ESY be in person or virtual this year?

SFUSD will offer virtual ESY only for those students who are medically fragile, and whose health would be put at risk of exposure to COVID-19 through in-person instruction. 

Families who select Virtual Learning will be asked to complete the ESY Virtual application to indicate their student’s  need for virtual instruction. 

Please note that children of families seeking virtual ESY to accommodate travel plans during the period of summer break DO NOT qualify for virtual ESY.  Please complete the attached Virtual ESY Application  form if you are seeking virtual ESY for your child due to health reasons.

Who is eligible to attend ESY?

Not all students with IEPs are eligible for ESY.  Eligibility must be based on data and determined by an IEP team (5 C.C.R. Section 3043). 

Reasons for eligibility include:

  • Patterns of Regression: Regression is a loss of critical skills after a significant break from instruction (i.e, summer recess, Winter break).  This can include academic, behavioral or life skills.  All students are expected to demonstrate some skill regression after a break, but patterns of significant losses in critical skills may suggest the need for ESY.
  • Rate of Recoupment: Rate of recoupment is the amount of time required to re-learn skills following an extended break from school.  After breaks, nondisabled students typically require some time to recoup skills (i.e., 4-5 days is the typical time it takes a student to recoup skills after Winter Break); however, extensive recoupment periods may suggest the need for ESY.
  • New or Emerging Skills: Some students may be at a crucial point in skill acquisition or readiness.  If students are in the early stages of developing and demonstrating new skills and an interruption in services is likely to undermine that progress, they may be eligible for ESY services.
  • Nature & Severity of Disability: Some students have disabilities that are likely to continue indefinitely or for a prolonged period.  In this situation, interruption of the student’s educational programming may cause regression and render it impossible or unlikely that the student will attain a level of self-sufficiency and independence in view of his or her disabling condition.

I would like my student to have their regular year SDC teacher assigned to them during ESY.  Is this possible?

If your child and their teacher and or para are assigned to the same ESY site, we will do our best to assign students to their regular teachers for ESY.  Class lists will be developed once families have had an opportunity to accept/decline ESY assignments.

 

Can my students have their regular 1:1 para assigned to them for ESY?

ESY position offers are made based on seniority and program need. We do our best to assign paraeducators to classrooms where they are familiar with the students and/or teacher; however, this is not guaranteed. 

 

 

ESY Contact Info

For additional general ESY questions contact: esy@sfusd.edu

 

 

This page was last updated on June 28, 2022