Extended School Year, or ESY, is a hot topic in special education. Programs vary dramatically from state to state and school district to school district. Our town district ESY changed over the years, from 5 days a week, for 6 weeks to 4 days a week for a month, with a shortened day. My youngest is about to begin her final round of ESY at her private placement in July. Hers is a 5 day program, and runs 4 weeks. There's a good 6 weeks of downtime. It's discouraging. Worse? She ages out of school altogether in September. As of now, there is no program that will accept her, because she has a gigantic budget that includes a 1:1. I say that tongue in cheek. Her state administered budget will sit, unused, unless a program that I deem acceptable will accept her. Even the program where her sisters attend is up in the air, because of the severe staffing shortage. Programs are more amenable to taking in 3:1 individuals. Those who qualify for a 1:1 are being turned away - they are money losers. ESY is looking pretty good to me. I know the staff, my daughter loves her school, and I'm clinging to the last week weeks of programming like a liferaft
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