ESS Building Coordinator - Tara Graziano
Extended School Services (ESS) is a unique segment of the Kentucky Educational Reform Act (KERA) that provides special funds to every Kentucky school district to provide instructional support services for students who need additional time to achieve expected academic goals. These services are provided at separate times from the regular school day and beyond the minimum school year term of 173 instructional days. ESS instructors communicate with the regular classroom teachers in an effort to assist the students both during and after the regular school hours.
WHO NEEDS ESS?
If your child is having difficulty with school work, you can talk with his or her teacher about ESS. The teacher can help you decide if ESS is needed and why. Students who exhibit the most severe needs for these services are identified to be served first. Teachers will document specific areas and/or skills in which the student needs assistance and a goal for improvement. A notice is sent to parents to be signed for permission (yes/no) for the student to attend sessions for assistance. The signed permission form is returned to the school. If your child does not qualify for ESS services, the school will discuss with you ways in which the student’s needs will be addressed during the regular school day.
HOW ARE STUDENTS REFERRED TO ESS?
In most cases, classroom teachers refer students. Referrals may also be made by other school staff, parents, or by the students themselves. Requests for placement in extended school programs are given to the ESS building coordinator or school counselor, who will then determine if the ESS offerings would be appropriate and helpful to the student’s needs.
IS THERE AN APPEAL PROCESS?
Parents or guardians have the right to request reconsideration of the child’s eligibility for Extended School Services. Contact your school counselor or ESS building coordinator to request an appeal form.
WHAT SERVICES ARE OFFERED?
● Classes are offered in identified core content areas of greatest academic need as determined by district test results, individual school results, and individual student classroom performance needs.
● Transportation is provided for students who stay for an after- school ESS session
WHERE ARE SERVICES PROVIDED?
The Hardin County ESS program operates at all elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, and the alternative school during the regular school term.
TYPES OF SERVICES OFFERED?
● After school services will operate during the school week for approximately 1.5 hours of assistance immediately following school dismissal for the day. Your child’s school will have the specific schedule of dates.
● Before-school services are available at some middle school and high school sites.
● ESS Evening High School services are available to district high school students.
● Daytime assistance is available at approved sites during the regular school day.
HOW CAN I HELP IF MY CHILD IS IDENTIFIED FOR ESS?
There are many ways to help the ESS program be successful for your child, such as:
• Give approval for your child to attend and let him/her know that you expect regular attendance while involved with the program.
• Show interest in the work your child does in ESS. Praise and encourage the child often for working harder.
• Visit the program to gather ideas on how to help your child at home.
• Develop a working relationship with the regular classroom teacher(s) and the ESS teacher(s) and let your child know that you are in communication with his/her teachers.
• Attend Parent Involvement activities that are offered by ESS staff and other program staff.
• Become involved in the goal-setting stages of your child’s instructional program.