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February 2009 Newsletter

In this issue of the FL Recruiter

  1. ID&R Manual Update
  2. Recent Success Recruiting Out-of-School Youth (OSY)
  3. Migrant Hotline Update and Tips - IMPORTANT
  4. Eligibility Scenario

 


1. ID&R Manual Update

Florida's ID&R Manual has been updated to reflect the recent regulations approved by the Office of Migrant Education. While the basic program definitions remain the same, the regulations changed definitions involving "qualifying work", "seasonal and temporary employment," and eliminated "Principal Means of Livelihood" (PMOL). The changes in this most recent version of the FL manual were made in the eligibility chapter; the rest of the document remained mostly the same. Also, minor editorial corrections from the previous version were made.

Please be aware that the OME has not provided guidance related to the new regulations at this time. As soon as OME guidance is provided, the ID&R Office will most likely review the manual and provide new state guidance.

The manual can be found in the FL Recruiter website. To go directly to the manual please click the link below:

ID&R Manual - Revised 2009 Not in Use

 


2. Recent Success Recruiting Out-of-School Youth (OSY)

Jorge Echegaray, FL ID&R Trainer, recently participated in two recruitment efforts. First, he was in Putnam County and participated with the local MEP in a recruitment effort targeting OSY. A community hospital was conducting health physicals as part of the coordination effort with the local MEP. Second, he assisted the Pasco County in recruiting a pocket of OSY during an evening ID&R effort. The program was able to successfully identify a number of OSY, an increasing segment of the migrant population in the state.

 

The ID&R Office is available to participate, whenever possible, in similar activities throughout the state. Please contact the office to discuss tentative ideas, dates, and locations for your district.

 

 


3. Migrant Education Hotline Update and Tips

As you are probably aware, the Migrant Education Hotline (800-234-8848) has been helping migrant families for over 10 years and still provides a means for families and youth to access educational, health, and support services throughout Florida and the rest of the country. The Florida MEP has always been a supporter of the Hotline, and many districts and families have benefited from the services obtained through the Hotline as well as through the generosity of the Harvest of Hope Foundation.

Recently, a number of calls received by their staff (Alma Hinojosa and Phil Kellerman) has prompted them to contact the ID&R Office, so that our recruiters and other migrant advocates can get a head's up on tips and other information that seem to be affecting migrant families more and more these days. For instance, like most families, farmworkers often face a difficult dilemma when dealing with a death in the family. Often at this time of grief, it is very hard to rationally question funeral directors when the burial and other funeral arrangement of their loved ones needs to be made. Hotline specialists have heard of many situations where families have decided to bury their lost ones in the U.S. without taking into consideration the complications that may arise after a deportation or a move to another state.

Both Alma and Phil have experience in dealing with such difficult cases. They have also established a good network with the Mexican government, which can help pay for moving a body to Mexico and assisting with other funeral expenses of Mexican nationals. If you have any questions or want to inquire about this and other services that can be provided by the hotline, please contact them at 800-234-8848.

 


4. Eligibility Scenario

A family (mom, dad, and 3 school-aged children) moved to Volusia County to obtain temporary work in a nursery farm. The worker (dad) obtains qualifying employment soon after the move. What information is needed by the recruiter in order to make a proper eligibility determination and complete a COE?

Recruiters must ensure that all the conditions of STAMP are met - School completion; Time of the move; Move; Age; and Purpose. In addition, the recruiter must include in the COE the following comments:

"The worker moved due to economic necessity." (Required for all COEs until further notice.)

Since it is temporary employment, recruiters must also include the following information in the comments section:

  • Name of the employer, and
  • Worker statement explaining length of employment; or
  • Employer statement explaining length of employment; or
  • Information on a study from the ID&R Office or SEA documenting the specific work as "temporary."

As part of the new regulations, this documentation is required for all eligibility determination involving temporary employment.

 

If you have any questions or need further clarification, please contact the ID&R office.

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