Extended School Year Program Readies Students for New School Year

This July, Colonial Intermediate Unit 20 held its annual Extended School Year (ESY) program for nearly 600 students. This year's program was held both virtually and in-person, with families choosing which option was a better fit for their child. About 80% of the students attended in-person. Thanks to Bethlehem Area SD and Pocono Mountain SD for providing CIU 20 with the in-person locations.
 
During ESY, children receive specialized instruction from various CIU 20 team members, such as Special Education Teachers, Associate Teachers, Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Physical Therapists.
 
The goal of ESY is to assist students with special needs in maintaining skills or behaviors relevant to the goals and objectives as part of the student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP). Students become eligible for ESY services as determined by their IEP team. Each week's activities are built around a common theme.