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Mckinney vento homeless education assistance act
McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act

  • Lack a “fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence”

  • 5-10% of the FRL population

  • Living situation examples:

    • Sharing the housing of another due to loss of housing, economic hardship or similar reason

    • Motels, campgrounds, trailers, or tents

    • Emergency or transitional shelters

    • Public or private places not designed for human sleeping

    • Cars, parks, public places, abandoned buildings, bus terminals, train stations, or substandard housing

    • Awaiting foster care placement

Homeless enrollment
Homeless Enrollment

  • Must be enrolled immediately, even if records are not available (educational, medical exam, immunizations etc.)

  • Enrollment- defined as attending classes and participating fully in school activities

  • Cannot require the caregiver to obtain legal guardianship or notarized statement

Homeless foster care coding
Homeless/Foster Care Coding

  • Coding of a student’s homeless or foster care status/eligibility is completed by the district office only

  • School enters the assignment code if the student lives out of the boundary and maintains their school of origin

    • 84- Homeless

    • 29- Foster Care

  • Assignment codes must be re-entered for each new school year if the homeless/foster care status is the same


Student Services Department

Homeless Education Assistance Resource Team



Foster Care Liaison


The problem
The Problem

  • Broward County attendance rates are lower than that of other large districts in the State

  • Broward’s average daily attendance rate is lower than the State’s

  • Positive correlation between attendance and academic achievement, hence graduation.

  • Everyone’s work is linked to improving the graduation rate in Broward County Public Schools.


  • Accurate attendance taking is legally mandated.

  • The District prescribes to accurate attendance taking.

  • Every teacher must take attendance for every class/period.

  • Report available daily to indicate teachers not in compliance with proper attendance taking practices so support can be provided.

  • Accurate attendance data will be in TERMS at day’s end

Change in attendance taking practices
Change In Attendance Taking Practices

  • Eliminate using a single period of the day for computing attendance.

  • Implement instead, computation based on each period, each day.

  • All changes made by the IT Department

Rationale for the change
Rationale for the Change

  • A review of attendance practices in large school districts revealed some stark differences from Broward County. For example, student considered present if:

    • Student present for at least 30 minutes of the day.

    • Student present in ANY class for the day.

  • New Practice In Broward

    • a student is considered present if present for any class throughout the day.

  • Things to remember
    Things to Remember

    • Pinnacle will only count the student as absent if marked absent by every teacher that day.

    • If a teacher fails to take attendance then attendance report will be incorrect

    • Pinnaclecannotdifferentiate between:

      • student marked present and teachernot taking attendance;

      • Teacher only recording students who were absent

    Attendance resources
    Attendance Resources

    • Attendance CAB Conference for daily questions and sharing of ideas:

      • Ensure you have access, if not, contact us

    • District point person for consultation: