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 anticipates releasing the next annual Request for Proposals in mid-December, 2016 for the EARSS grant that funds a 4-year period, beginning July 1, 2017. A training webinar is set for 2 p.m. on Wednesday, January 11, 2017. A recording of the webinar will be posted shortly thereafter. Proposals will be due in mid-March, 2017.
With the exception of those funded with a one-time EARSS Restorative Practices 18-month grant, currently funded EARSS grantee fiscal agents are not eligible to apply in this round of funding, including those in the fourth and final year of the grant.
Check back at this webpage for a link that will access the application packet and additional information to assist those interested in submitting a proposal.