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.
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.
A training webinar about this opportunity is set for 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 11, 2017. A recording of the webinar will be posted shortly thereafter. Proposals are due no later than 11:59 p.m. on March 14, 2017.
Current 4-year funded EARSS grant fiscal agents are not eligible to apply in this round of funding, including those in the fourth and final year of the grant. A list of those not eligible can be found in Appendix B on the EARSS RFP homepage.
The RFP homepage includes the Letter of Intent, application contents and additional information to assist those interested in submitting a proposal.
EARSS Restorative Practices Grant
Information about the Restorative Practices Grant and list of those funded can be located here.