Extended School Year Services

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We are so excited to announce that registration has begun for the 2021 Extended School Year (ESY) Program for special education learning opportunities for qualifying HPS students in grades PK-12.!  To register your student, please visit enrollholyoke.com.

The HPS Extended School Year Program will take place from 9 AM-1PM, July 6th-August 6th, Mondays-Thursdays, (except for the last day of the program which will be Friday, August 6th).


Please note, while we are planning for in-person ESY services, the possibility of start/end date or time changes and the possibility of a remote learning will be based on updated state guidance and social distancing guidelines. Your site supervisor will update you as we receive more information on this.  If you are unsure if your child qualifies for extended year services or which program they are recommended for, please check your child’s most current IEP and/or check with your child’s special education teacher or building team leader. Please reach out to Enrollment at enrollment@hps.holyoke.ma.us if you have any questions about the online registration process or Jill Hughes at jhughes@hps.holyoke.ma.us if you have any questions about extended year services.  View our brochure for Extended School Year Brochure-English and Folleto del Año Escolar Extendido-Español for more information.

How is eligibility for ESY programming determined?

Decisions about ESY programs are made on an individual basis, taking into consideration the unique needs of the child.

The team must determine whether a student substantially regresses or falls behind during break periods in the school year (regression). The team should also determine whether there is a substantial amount of time needed for the student to get back to the level of skills they were prior to the break period (recoupment).   

Teams must also consider other factors such as the degree of the impairment, rate of progress, behavioral and physical issues, availability of alternative resources, as well as the transitional needs of the student (Department of Elementary and Secondary Education memo 2002).

How will I know if my child qualifies for ESY Programming?

In order to make an informed decision at the team meeting, data (i.e. observations, assignments, and informal assessments) should be collected throughout the school year. Teachers should monitor progress made on goals and objectives and indicate whether a student falls behind.

All IEP Team members will complete an ESY Eligibility Tool at every annual IEP meeting, present their data, and discuss the need for these services. Parents are an integral part of this process. If a child qualifies for ESY services, it will be located on the Service Delivery Grid of your child’s IEP. The justification will be located on “Nonparticipation Justification” section of the IEP. If your child qualifies for ESY Services, your IEP Team should review the different service and program options, to ensure your child is placed in the most appropriate program to meet their needs. 


Please reach out to your child’s Team Leader at their school for any questions.


My child qualifies for Extended Year Services per their IEP, but I am unclear which program my child’s team recommends.  What should I do?

If your child’s IEP states that they qualify for Extended Year Services (ESY), but you are unsure which program your child’s team recommended, please contact your child’s Special Education Team Leader at their school for more information.


What are my options if my child does not qualify for ESY Programming as part of their IEP?

f your child does not qualify for ESY Programming, please visit our summer learning web page to view the many other free summer learning options that HPS has to offer.


Other Resources:


Beginning March 29th, Register at enrollholyoke.com by June 1st to ensure transportation is in place for the first day of the program.

Contact Us

Jill Hughes

Enrollment Questions: Rebecca Lamb, Director of Enrollment (413) 534-2000 Option #1

Transportation Questions: Denise Rodriguez, Transportation Specialist (413) 534-2000 Ext. 1640

General Questions: Jill Hughes, Director of Intensive Services

Donahue Site Supervisor: Tina Trudeau (413) 437-0541

Jericho Site Supervisors: Ryan Bowler (413) 437-0707 & Timothy Britton (413) 214-3551

TIP Site Supervisor: Kristal Torres

Transitions Site Supervisors: Jasmine Ortiz-Ramos & Elizabeth Jazab

Extended School Year Brochure

View our brochure for Extended School Year Brochure-English and Folleto del Año Escolar Extendido-Español to learn more about our offerings for those who qualify.

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