Broward County Family Resource Guide 2020-2021

FOOD AND NUTRITION SERVICES BCPS understands how important it is to ensure kids receive balanced and nutritious meals in order to power up and learn. Universal Free Breakfast is available every school day to ALL BCPS students at no charge. Visit our website for information about free and reduced-price meals, online meal payments, daily menus, allergy information, calories, carbs and more at ASSISTANCE RESOURCE TEAM The Homeless Education Assistance Resource Team (HEART) program strives to go above and beyond for students who are experiencing housing instability. The HEART program’s ultimate goal is to remove barriers that prevent students who are experiencing homelessness from enrolling, attending and succeeding in school. For more information about HEART, visit or call 754-321-1566. INNOVATIVE PROGRAMS Innovative Programs offer students in grades K-12 unique or specialized theme-based instruction in their home boundary schools. To learn more, visit innovativeprograms or call 754-321-2070. MAGNET PROGRAMS Magnet programs focus on specific themes, such as International Baccalaureate; performing and visual arts; science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM); The Entrepreneur and Leadership Military Academy; Cambridge; marine science; international affairs and languages; and more. Families may apply to participate in a magnet program by visiting Families may also visit innovativeprograms or call 754-321-2070 to learn more. NAVIANCE BCPS provides access to Naviance for all District students in grades 6-12 to help with college and career planning. Students and families can research careers, colleges and majors; find local and national scholarships and enrichment programs; explore students’ career interests, learning styles and personality types; build resumes and portfolios for job and college applications; set goals and develop personalized plans for success; request and send electronic transcripts; and learn about success skills, financial planning and more. To learn more about Naviance, visit naviance. HOMELESS EDUCATION

PARENT CONCERNS (OFFICE OF SERVICE QUALITY) The Office of Service Quality provides support and assistance to parents and communities, as well as school staff, by linking them to available resources, providing accurate information and resolving concerns in a caring, helpful and professional manner. This office works cooperatively with parent organizations and community groups to foster an understanding of available school programs and services, while maintaining and enhancing communication between schools and community stakeholders. Call 754-321-3636 for assistance. PINNACLE Pinnacle allows elementary, middle and high school parents to view their children’s grades and attendance records online. The system requires a username and a password. To learn more, SCHOOL REASSIGNMENTS The District allows students to submit a School Choice application to attend a school other than their home boundary school (school reassignment). To learn more, visit SCHOOL SOCIAL WORK SERVICES School Social Workers are advocates who help students achieve academic and social emotional success by linking various areas of a student’s life together, including home, school, and their community. Social work support services include intervention, crisis support and mental health counseling, which addresses issues such as non-attendance and truancy, completing behavioral assessments, and psychosocial evaluations. For more information, call 754-321-1618. SERVICE LEARNING The Service Learning Graduation Requirement and the Student Volunteer Service Program acquaint high school students with opportunities to become participating agents of change by providing volunteer services to both their school and community. Students should see the Student Volunteer Service Program Coordinator at their school for the appropriate service hour forms. TECHNICAL COLLEGES Broward Technical Colleges (Atlantic, McFatter and Sheridan Technical Colleges) offer a quality education at an affordable price. The technical colleges have full-time staff to help students with placement following graduation. In fact, the BCPS Technical Colleges helped place

100% of graduates in many programs, such as automotive, commercial vehicle driving, plumbing, HVAC, machining, optometric assisting and healthcare programs. Discover the difference a technical career education can make. Visit for more information. VIRTUAL COUNSELOR Parents can keep up with their child’s school progress, as well as find answers to questions a guidance counselor may be asked, by using the District’s online Virtual Counselor. Contact your school’s guidance department for information on how to access Virtual Counselor. Get Involved in your Child’s Education Parents and families play an important role in supporting their child’s education. Here are some ways you can support your child’s learning: • Talk to your child every day about their school experience. • Encourage positive attitudes and confidence in their abilities. • Review homework and assignments with your child. • Read to your child and listen to your child read out loud. • Communicate with your child’s teacher and ask questions regarding your child’s progress. • Attend meetings to review your child’s progress and achievement. • Advocate for your child by sharing your child’s strengths and needs with teachers. • Speak, read and write with your child, if you speak a second language. English literacy development is strengthened when additional languages are introduced to children. • Join groups at your child’s school, such as PTA, SAC or SAF. • Play learning games. | Facebook: 35 BROWARD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS INFORMATION

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