The Expelled and At-Risk Student Services (EARSS) grant program at the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) is authorized by Colorado Revised Statute 22-33-205 to assist in providing educational and supportive services to expelled students and students at-risk for expulsion.
The program exists to assist school districts in meeting their statutory obligations to:
1) 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.
2) 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
3) Develop plans to assist habitual truants to remain in school and to work with families regarding their child’s attendance.