The Extended School Services (ESS) program is a proactive program designed to assist individual students who are having difficulty in one or more content areas.
ESS funds are allocated to every school district for the purpose of operating a program for students having short- or long- term academic difficulties. ESS programs offer extra instructional time outside regular school hours and may take a variety of formats including after school or before school programs, evening sessions, Saturday learning opportunities, summer programs and/or intercessions. Districts also have the opportunity to request a waiver to offer ESS services during the school day. There is close collaboration between the regular day program and the ESS program to best meet the student's needs. ESS programs being implemented across the state offer a wide array of curricular programs and instructional formats. Many of these programs are designed to gain the interest of and inspire motivation in students.
ESS Statute and Regulation
704 KAR 3:390 (ESS Regulation)
"Extended school services" means instructional and support services provided by school districts for students who need additional time to achieve academic expectations in 703 KAR 4:060. These services shall be provided at times separate from the regular school day, regular school week, or the minimum school term unless a district’s request for a waiver meets the criteria established in Section 7 of this administrative regulation and has been approved by the Commissioner of Education.
KRS 158.070 (ESS Statute)
KRS 158.070 requires schools to provide continuing education beyond the minimum school term for students in need of extended services and requires the Kentucky Board of Education to promulgate administrative regulations establishing criteria for the allotment of grants to local school districts to provide these services.
Daytime Waiver Request and Evaluation
ESS Forms For Districtwide ESS Directors Only
Office of Special Education and Early Learning
Division of IDEA Implementation and Preshool
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-4970 Ext. 4519
Fax (502) 564-6470