Each year, Deron School offers ESY (Extended School Year – Summer School) programs for students who are eligible to attend under the Federal Requirements of IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act). According to IDEA, every student with a disability has certain rights, including Extended School Year (ESY) services if considered appropriate.*
Deron’s Extended School Year (ESY) programs offer individualized academic instruction, transition activities & related services to students who require these services beyond the traditional school year. While they receive on-going instruction in academic areas, and related services; students also participate in physical education, daily living skills, music, art, workshop, woodcrafts, gardening and other outdoor experiences.
Throughout the summer, students venture beyond the school on a regular basis to participate in extensive Community Experiences. In addition to structured and recreational swimming, students take part in numerous field trips (many with interactive features) to destinations such as live theater, baseball games, museums, and the airport. Each year students also enjoy live performances at the school – In the past, they have been entertained by presentations of magic, laser-light, and animal science.
ESY programs at both Deron I and Deron II, traditionally, employ a school-wide theme which the staff and students find particularly exciting. Themes from past years have included: Transportation, Out of This World (solar system), Community, Under the Sea, and Who You are Makes a Difference. The theme for this year, at both schools, will be a return to the Olympics, a favorite of students and staff, in recognition of “the games” being held this summer in Beijing!
Per the students’ IEPs, they continue to receive Related Services (Speech/Language Therapy, Counseling & provisions for OT & PT) throughout the summer program.
Behavior Management continues in a fashion similar to the program the students have become accustomed to during the regular school year.
Deron provides thirty-day programs at each school, which meet Tier IV funding requirements for the sending school districts. Programs run from 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and include both breakfast and hot lunch. Tuition and transportation are supplied by the student’s home district.
Both programs are staffed with credentialed, experienced administrators, teaching staff, paraprofessionals and support staff, many of whom work for Deron year-round.
If you have questions about how a summer program fulfills a child’s IEP or would like further information about our ESY programs, fee free to contact either:
LouAnn Trifiolis, Principal
Deron I, Union (ages 5-21)
|Judi Rose, Social WorkerDeron II, Montclair (ages 13-21)
* A student’s eligibility for Extended School Year services is determined at their annual IEP meeting by the IEP Team (student, parent/guardian(s), LEA Child Study Team representative, teachers and support service providers). Although there is no single criteria, regression over the summer months & the time required to regain the prior level of skill are important factors in determining eligibility; the degree of disability and availability of alternative resources are among other factors to be considered.