Extended School Year Services


Enrollment begins March 29. Please register by June 1 to ensure transportation is in place for the first day of the program.

Do you have questions or are you feeling confused? Please contact your team leader for support and information.

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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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Qualifying students in grades preK-12 can now register for the 2022 Extended School Year (ESY) Program that provides a range of special education learning opportunities.

If you are unsure if your child qualifies for ESY programming, you can check your child’s current IEP and ask your child’s special education teacher or building team leader. Contact enrollment@hps.holyoke.ma.us for assistance with online registration. Contact Jill Hughes at jhughes@hps.holyoke.ma.us for more information about extended year services.

ESY programs begin on Tuesday, July 5, and will run from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, ending August 4. All programs are scheduled to take place in-person. HPS will follow all state and local guidelines for social distancing and/or other precautions that may be required over the summer. 

Based on their IEPs, students may qualify for one of these programs:

Early Childhood Integrated Program (Donahue): Ages 3-5.

Theme-based curriculum emphasizing language, social, motor, and academic readiness skills. Similar to the integrated preschool program throughout the school year. Peers accepted via lottery system.

ABA Program (Donahue): PK-12. 

Includes discrete trial training, pivotal response training, sensory integration communication, and visual systems to address academics, social skills, communication, and independence. Similar to our ABL program throughout the school year.

RISE/SHINE Program (Donahue): K-12. 

A multi-sensory approach with integrated therapies and self-care.

Excelsior Program at Jericho: Rising 1-12. 

Theme based curriculum emphasizing academics, communication, social, and motor skills. Instruction is embedded into recreational/physical activities in an outdoor setting. Typically designed for students in RISE, Functional, TIP, SIP, & Inclusion settings during the school year. Peers accepted via lottery system.

Camp Communicare AAC Camp (location TBD)

Theme-based curriculum emphasizing academics, communication, social, and motor skills. Instruction is embedded into recreational/physical activities in an outdoor setting. Typically designed for students in RISE, Functional, TIP, SIP, SHINE, and Inclusion during the school year. Peers accepted via lottery system.

Therapeutic Intervention Program Lawrence: Rising K-8. 

For students with emotional and behavior disorders; focus is maintaining and strengthening academic 

Transitions Academy: Ages 18-22  

Focus on various facets of life including employment,  post-secondary education (i.e. functional academics, college, training) maintaining a home, involvement in the community as individually appropriate and enhancing satisfactory social and personal relationships. 

Related services such as speech/language therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy are provided as drop-in service or included within ESY programming as determined by the IEP team.

How is eligibility for ESY programming determined?

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

One of the factors that IEP  teams consider when determining ESY eligibility is whether a student substantially regresses or falls behind during break periods during the school year (referred to as “regression”). The team also determines whether a student needs a substantial amount of time to build back the skill levels they had attained prior to the break period (referred to as “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 based on guidance from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Data is also collected throughout the school year through observations, assignments, and informal assessments, with teachers monitoring students progress on goals and objectives and keeping records when a student falls behind.

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

All IEP team members complete an ESY Eligibility Tool during every annual IEP meeting, where they also present data collected throughout the school year and discuss the child’s need for services. Parents should be an integral part of this process. 

If your child qualifies for ESY Services, your child’s IEP Team will review available service and program options to ensure your child is placed in the most appropriate program to meet their needs. 

If your child qualifies for ESY services, this information will be found in the Service Delivery Grid of your child’s IEP, with an explanation documented in the “Nonparticipation Justification” section of the IEP.

Please reach out to your child’s Team Leader at their school if you have additional questions.

How will I know which ESY program my child’s team recommends?

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

What options does my child have if they don’t qualify for ESY as part of their IEP?

If 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.