Special Education Extended School Year

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

Updated January 18, 2023

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 - Coming soon!

ESY Dates for Summer 2023 - 

March 22 - Assignment letters for ESY mailed and emailed to families.

April 14 - Deadline for families of students with transportation to accept ESY

May 31 - Transportation routes mailed to students

June 12th - First Day of Extended School Year

June 19th - Holiday, no school

July 3rd & 4th - Holiday, no school

July 12th - Last day of Elementary and Middle school Extended School Year.

July 19th - Last day of High school Extended School Year.

How will families be 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 - March 10 - Student Case managers hold IEPS to include ESY services.

March 22 - EPC will send out assignment letters to families

  • Special Education Services will be sending Assignment Letter 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 letter will outline the process for accepting/declining ESY.
  • The letter will be sent via Parentvue and email and letters will be mailed to all families 

April 14th - Students who accepted their assignment by the April 14th deadline and are currently receiving transportation as part of their Individual Education Plan, (IEP) will automatically be offered Transportation for ESY. 

  • Important Note - Families who miss the April 14th 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 19 - Deadline for ESY students to accept ESY Assignment. (for those with transportation in their IEP it will not be guaranteed in the 1st week.)


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

If you think your child is eligible for ESY, 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:

  • 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:

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 May 19th. 

Families who miss the May 19th deadline are still welcome to enroll in ESY. 

What are the 2023 ESY Sites and Feeder Pattern?

ESY Feeder Pattern - Coming soon....


ESY Dates for Summer 2023

Fri Mar 10: Deadline to hold IEPs offering ESY services. 

Mon May 15: Special Education Department will send PWN ESY Assignment Letters via email to families for students with ESY services on their current IEPs

Fri May 19: Deadline for families to accept/decline ESY assignment and services

Mon June 12: First day of ESY

Mon June 19: HOLIDAY, no ESY

Mon and Tues July 3 and July 4: HOLIDAY, no ESY

Wed July 12: last day of ESY for grades PreK-8 (*Progress Reports must be submitted)

Wed July 19: last day of ESY for high school and ACCESS (*Progress Reports must be submitted)

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.
    • ES Hours: 8am - 12pm
    • MS Hours: 9am - 1pm
  • High School ESY will consist of 5 hours (300 minutes) of instruction and educational learning activities based on students’ current IEP goals. 
    • HS Hours: 9am - 2pm
  • 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?

ESP will be in person this year.

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 March 7, 2023