The EARSS program is authorized by Colorado Revised Statute 22-33-205 to fund grants for which the purposes are to provide education services and support services to expelled students, students at risk of being expelled, enrolled truant students and/or students at risk of being declared, or already are, habitually truant.
The EARSS program is considered to be an early intervention program. It's intended to assist school districts in meeting statutory obligations to identify students at-risk of disciplinary action (i.e. violating the Code of Conduct) and habitual truancy as early as possible so support plans can be made, in conjunction with the student's family, to assist the student with avoiding future disciplinary action.
- For a quick overview of the size and scope of the program, refer to the EARSS Fact Sheet and Infographic.
Current Request for Proposals (RFP):
The department released a new Request for Proposals for the 4-year grant (2019-20 through 2022-23) on December 12, 2018.
Visit the RFP site for details and application materials.
This new 4-year grant opportunity is intended to address increased needs, such as the rise in habitual truancy and out-of-school suspensions. Eligible applicants include school districts, alternative schools within school districts, charter schools, Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES), nonpublic non-parochial schools, and facility schools.
Key dates and deadlines:
- Application Webinar - 2-3:30 p.m. on January 15, 2019
- Letter of Intent due - January 18, 2019
- Proposals due - March 15, 2019 - Extended to 11:59pm, Monday, March 18, 2019 due to blizzard closures. (Posted 3/14/19)
- Awards announced - June 14, 2019