Extended School Year (ESY)

VUSD Special Education 2022

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VUSD Special Education Department Mission Statement

Our Special Education Staff is committed to providing specialized academic and behavioral supports and services to students with exceptional needs in order to fully engage them in high quality learning environments that challenge and prepare them to be well-rounded, active members of a global society.


Our Special Education Staff has identified four key commitments that will ensure this mission is fulfilled:


  1. Responsiveness - timely communication with students, parents, and staff
  2. Guidance - program implementation in accordance with federal and state laws
  3. Support - to create stimulating learning enviroments
  4. Resolution - to ensure a free and appropriate public education for all students

Purpose of Extended School Year

ESY is designed to maintain mastery of critical skills acquired during the regular school year.


Both federal and state regulations place responsibility on the Individualized Education Program (IEP) team to determine a student's need for Extended School Year (ESY) services. Multiple factors are considered by the team when considering an ESY program.


While most students demonstrate mild regression of skills over extended breaks (i.e. summer months), the purpose of ESY is to focus on the students who are in jeopardy of experiencing significant regression in the critical skills acquired during the regular school year that would cause a longer than usual time to recoup the lost skills once school resumes.


The IEP team annually determines, on an individual basis, a student's need for extending special education or related services beyond the regular academic school year. The IEP team also decides the type, frequency, and duration of Extended School Year services.


The Vista Unified School District is committed to ensuring that Extended School Year services are provided as part of a free appropriate public education (FAPE) in accordance with a student's individualized education program.

2022 ESY Information

2022 Dates

June 21 to July 15, 2022


2022 Locations:


California Avenue Preschool

Preschool and Elementary


T.H.E. Leadership Academy (K-8)

Elementary and Middle School

8:00 am - 12:15 pm


Vista Adult Transition Center (High School and Adult Transition)

High School and Adult Transition

9:00 am - 1:15 pm

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ESY Legal References

Extended School Year services must be provided if a child's IEP Team determines, on an individual basis, that the services are necessary for the provision of FAPE to the child.


  • Individuals with Disability Education Act (IDEA) 20 U.S.C. 1412(a)
  • Section 300.106 of Title 34 of the Code of Federal Regulations



Program Requirements


  • Designed to foster retention of acquired academic and behavioral skills
  • Follows the principles of least restrictive environment (LRE)
  • Considered annually by the IEP team
  • Mutlifaceted criteria ESY participation includes: severity of disability, rate of progress, and documented regression during school breaks
  • Provided at no cost to parents
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Special Education Department Contact for ESY Questions

Special Education Department: specialeducationdept@vistausd.org

(760) 726-2170 Ext. 92900