Information Update Bulletin 96.07

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November 1996

TO: Directors of Special Education and Pupil Services, Business Managers, and District Administrators
FROM: Juanita S. Pawlisch, Ph.D., Assistant Superintendent
Division for Learning Support: Equity and Advocacy
SUBJECT: Funding for Summer School

This is a follow-up to Information Update No. 96.01 and is intended as a reminder that state categorical reimbursement for permissive summer school programs will end with payment for the Summer 1996-97 program (actually operated in the summer of 1996, but claimed as a part of the 1996-97 school year and aidable in 1997-98). In addition, federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) funds may not be used to pay for a permissive summer school program operating after the summer of 1996 for children who currently are identified as having exceptional educational needs (EEN).

Summer school programs are permissive. Typically, these programs operate on a set schedule for a number of weeks during the summer and generally are responsive to groups of children. They are not designed with the objective of meeting the unique needs of an individual child in order for that child to receive a free, appropriate public education (FAPE). Permissive summer school classes are not required special education and related services.

Extended school year (ESY) services are required special education and related services carried out beyond the limits of a school term which are necessary to ensure the provision of FAPE for an individual child. ESY services are provided in accordance with an individualized education program (IEP) based on the EEN of an individual child.

State special education categorical aid and IDEA funds are granted to school districts to offset the costs of providing required special education and related services for children with EEN in order to receive FAPE. ESY services will continue to be eligible for special education categorical aid.

For PI-2300 reporting, the current designations of summer and regular sessions will be eliminated, as ESY is not summer school, but an extension of the school year, and may be provided at other times schools are not in session. Beginning and ending dates for staff will be used to determine when a specific staff person is providing ESY services.

If interested, business managers may contact the director of special education or pupil services or the district administrator for a copy of Information Update No. 96.01, "Extended School Year Services For Children With Exceptional Educational Needs," which was mailed in March, 1996.

If you have questions about programming, please contact Paul Halverson, Director, Exceptional Education Team, (608) 266-1781. If you have fiscal questions, you may contact Bob Sainsbury, Senior Accountant, State Aids Distribution, (608) 267-9205.