Exceptional Children and Early Learning

Extended School Services

Published: 3/18/2024 11:24 AM
​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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 (Out of School Time - OST) 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 daytime waiver to offer ESS services during the school day.

ESS Coordinator Resources

ESS Statute and Regulation

704 KAR 3:395​​ (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. 



Gerald Brashear​
Division of IDEA Implementation and Preschool
Office of Special Education and Early Learning
300 Sower Blvd., 4th floor
Phone: (502) 564-4970 Ext 4171


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