The EARSS program is authorized by Colorado Revised Statute 22-33-205 to fund competitive grant proposals for which the purposes are to provide education services and support services to expelled students, students at risk of being expelled, or students at risk of being declared, or already are, habitually truant.
- For a quick overview of the size and scope of the program, refer to the EARSS Fact Sheet and Infographic.
The program exists to assist school districts in meeting their statutory obligations to:
- Identify students at risk of suspension or expulsion and provide them with a plan to provide the necessary support services to help them avoid expulsion, and work with parents or guardians to provide the services. The district may provide services through agreements with appropriate local and state governmental agencies, community-based organizations, and institutions of higher education.
- Provide alternative educational services, agreed to by parents, to expelled students which may be provided directly or in cooperation with one or more other school districts, boards of cooperative services, charter schools, and non public, non-parochial schools, and
- Develop plans to assist habitual truants to remain in school and to work with families regarding their child’s attendance.
Requests for Proposals (RFP)
The department released on December 14, 2016 the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the EARSS grant that funds a 4-year period, beginning July 1, 2017. The application deadline was March 14, 2017. The department anticipates releasing the next RFP in December 2017 or January 2018 provided the state legislature appropriates funds for the program.
EARSS Restorative Practices Grant
Information about the Restorative Practices Grant and list of those funded can be located here.