So after a little investigation I think this is the process for making ESY assignments:
- Make a list of all the kids who have ESY as part of their IEP
- Figure out a random but relatively close school that's offering ESY
- Split the kids randomly into classroom sized groups
- Tell the parents at the last possible moment with the least amount of information possible to keep from having to justify or change decisions made by following steps 1,2 and 3 above
Last year I gave up on trying to reason with brick walls. Every question got the same response
How can it be that during the school year inclusion is the proper setting, but during ESY special needs exclusively is appropriate? Talking to three levels of bureaucracy and always "We don't do it that way"
Would be possible for msk to go to a mainstream summer enrichment program with an aide? "We don't do it that way."
By excluding special needs children from summer enrichment programs, aren't you discriminating against them? "We don't do it that way."
When you make an ESY placement, couldn't you consult with the IEP team or at least the ITA? "We don't do it that way."
I had no expectations that ESY would work out. Somehow, it did. I thought everything would fall in place this year. When I asked the same questions there were new answers. Oh, it seems like the mainstream enrichment program would be perfect for him. Last year they wouldn't have provided an aide for him. This year? He would have gotten an aide, but now it's too late
Here's the question I'd like to ask, but given that I already know the answer I won't bother: Why don't you come up with an ESY process that provides differentiated and appropriate education to special needs kids while involving parents and listening to both their concerns and suggestions?
And the answer is... "We don't do it that way"