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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

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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:
    • Mr. Terence McGarry, LCSW
      • Contact at or
      • Call at 754 321- 1618