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December 2011 Newsletter

In this issue of the FL Recruiter

  1. Preparing for the Season
  2. ID&R Spring Training
  3. COE and OSY Profile Completion
  4. Welcome Back Event in Hillsborough County

 


1. Preparing for the Season

In recent years, inclement weather has affected Florida harvests and, subsequently, migrant families. In 2009, for example, record lows damaged crops all throughout the state. As most districts are preparing for their holiday break, it may not be a bad idea to review what services are available in your area that may be of assistance to families in case an emergency occurs. Assistance with food, clothing and other basic needs can usually be found through church-sponsored events or organizations such as the Salvation Army.

In addition, when a situation like this happens, local broadcasts and news articles are excellent examples of "third party credible evidence" to show how the inclement weather has affected the harvests, and, as a consequence, affected the migration patterns of the families and children we serve. This valuable information should be gathered and kept handy if needed to document eligibility determinations. Therefore, collecting this type of information is highly recommended.

 


2. ID&R Spring Training

The ID&R Office is currently identifying potential dates and locations to conduct our annual Spring training events. The dates and locations will be announced as soon as possible in order to make appropriate plans. Please visit this website for up-to-date information. Also, any district interested in hosting a regional event should contact our office at 866-963-6677 or via email at fl-idr-office@escmail.org.

 


3. COE and OSY Profile Completion

Initial revision of the COEs received at the office suggests that many forms are missing information related to OSY. Please document OSY information in the COE regarding this population on section III, #9. Also, districts are to complete an OSY profile whenever possible and feasible. For copies of the profile, please visit http://flrecruiter.org/node/174.

Also, please remember that districts have been asked to submit copies of their completed COEs and OSY profiles to the ID&R Office by the 5th day of every month. When there are no COEs on a specific month, please contact the ID&R Office.

 


4. Welcome Back Event in Hillsborough County

Earlier this month, the ID&R Office attended a community event hosted by the Hillsborough County Migrant Education Program (MEP). The event, held on December 3rd, was a “Welcome Back” for the migrant families in the district, and provided an opportunity for families to become familiar with the Hillsborough MEP central office in Plant City, FL.

Families who attended the event met and gathered information from various other community services providers in Hillsborough. The service provider booths served to inform families about their programs and all the services they could provide. By far, the most popular location was the Hillsborough MEP Identification Card table. The Hillsborough MEP issued 170 MEP photo identification cards for parents and guardians of current migrant students. In addition, the Literacy Circle was a huge hit; over 300 books were distributed to children. All the participants stopped at each booth before proceeding to the donation room where families had an opportunity to choose from donations the Hillsborough MEP received from various donors.

For more information on this event, please visit http://flrecruiter.org/node/180.

 


Finally, the ID&R Office wishes to all recruiters and migrant staff and their families in the state a Happy Holiday Season, and we look forward to seeing you in 2012. Thanks for all your hard work and please enjoy our
2011 ID&R Office Holiday Greeting.

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