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Jennifer D. Andreu, Administrative Director
Federal & State Compliance Office

School Attendance

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 October 31, 2018 and for Survey 3, February 27, 2019, 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 2018-2019 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) 883-5323.

Thank you.

M-DCPS : 1450 NE 2nd Ave. : Miami, FL 33132 : Phone: (305) 995-1000 (For Non Technical Questions Only) 2010