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 expects to release the next Request for Proposals for EARSS funds in mid-December, 2017. Contingent upon annual appropriations by the state legislature, the grant will fund a 4-year period beginning July 1, 2018. An informative webinar about the grant and application process will be delivered on January 18, 2018 from 2 to 3 PM. A recorded link of this webinar will be available at the RFP homepage. The deadline for proposals is March 14, 2018. Applicants recommended for funding will be notified in April. Awards will be approved by the State Board of Education at their June 13-14, 2018 board meeting.
EARSS Restorative Practices Grant
Information about the Restorative Practices Grant and list of those funded.