“Extended School Year” … ESY … basically summer school for kids when mandated in the IEP.
Pearlsky’s starts Monday.
Here is the email I sent today to the Assistant Superintendent for Student Services:
I know you have seen the emails about the ESY start time. It is actually a worse situation than outlined, but this email is about a different topic.
I just got the “calendar” for the ESY and it is headed with this sentence:
“This year’s Extended School Year staff has created a high quality six-week program designed to prevent substantial regression in those critical skill areas that are likely to be impacted by an extended summer recess.”
It is good to know that the goal of this “high quality” program is to prevent “substantial” regression. Can you please tell me exactly how much regression is allowed and acceptable? I assume “minor” regression is not an issue. How about daily regression?
In the past, maintaining current levels was the norm. ESPECIALLY in “critical skill areas” … no?
Do you hire babysitters with the rule and goal … as long as they prevent “substantial” harm to my kid? How can you have the astonishingly low goal, in your “high quality” program, of preventing substantial regression?
Oh, and yes, this time I really am back.
And yes, I’d rather be pole dancing.