Jennifer D. Andreu, Administrative Director
Federal & State Compliance Office
Districts across the nation are closely tracking attendance data as early as preschool to strengthen the correlation
between showing up for school and student achievement. The loss of instructional time, despite the reason for the
absence, impacts students’ perceptions about school success. Some of the barriers to regular school attendance
include chronic health conditions; ineffective family support; substance abuse; mental health; unstable family housing;
school aversion due to bullying, academic difficulty, and ineffective teaching climate.
Board Policy 5200 - Attendance defines school attendance for students of compulsory age, according to State
law, and details procedures on the accurate recording of attendance. In support, the Attendance Monitoring Tools
provides a list of available resources to track student attendance. In addition, a series of recommended strategies that
encourage regular attendance have been identified for your consideration that includes: recognizing good & improved
attendance; early intervention and outreach; strengthening family and school relationships; monitoring attendance daily,
and modeling best practices.
Accurate attendance reporting is an essential component in student funding. To correct student attendance after the
FTE eligibility window for the respective Survey week, schools must submit an Attendance Corrections
Form FM-5556 signed by the principal via the Self-Serve Heat to the Federal & State Compliance Office. After the
allowable period for Survey 2 of November 11, 2016 and for Survey 3, March 10, 2017, the Region Superintendent
must sign the form for processing.
Efforts to engage students who exhibit patterns of non-attendance, and who may feel alienated, and disenfranchised
from the learning process are at the forefront of the work being done at school districts across the country. To this
end and effective the 2015-2016 school year, Miami-Dade County Public Schools has launched the iAttend Initiative
which includes attendance reporting and monitoring, parent outreach, counseling, and referrals to social service
agencies for students and families.
The 2017-2018 Student Attendance Reporting Procedures has been linked, and Frequently Asked
Questions (FAQ’s) have been provided for your convenience. For additional inquiries regarding attendance
recording procedures, you may contact the Attendance Administrator, Federal & State Compliance Office, at (305)