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Texas Education Agency

February 24, 2022

Highly Mobile and At-Risk Student Programs Division

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Greetings from the Highly Mobile and At-Risk Student Programs Division

The Highly Mobile and At-Risk (HM&AR) Division exists to equip school systems to increase awareness, promote equitable access, and improve outcomes from all special populations. Thank you for supporting our students throughout all the hardship encountered this year. TEA has resources to support the mental health of educators, students, and families on the new the Texas School Mental Health website, which is now managed in TEA’s new Safe and Supportive School Programs Division. For additional resources on COVID-19, see the TEA COVID-19 Updates page. 

This newsletter provides updates from HM&AR student programs. There are many exciting announcements, resources, and upcoming trainings for regional and local staff. If you missed the most recent HM&AR webinar, you can access the recording and supplemental materials on the HM&AR Webinars page. 

If you are in need of additional technical assistance, please reach out to the applicable inbox, found on each program page of the HM&AR Website. 


Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) Resources Highlight

The Texas Youth Helpline provides free and confidential services to youth, their parents, and other family members of youth in crisis who need help finding a counselor, safe shelter, legal information, other local referral information, or just someone to talk to. 

Order your FREE Parenting Tips Calendars. This free family resource is filled with helpful tips for parents and caregivers of children of all ages. It’s available in English and Spanish, and endorsed by The Texas Pediatric Society. Calendars are shipped for free and in quantities of 100 calendars per box. Order while supplies last!  


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Upcoming Events

February 2022

2/28 ARP Homeless II eGrant Application Opening

March 2022

3/1-3/3 Texas Suicide Prevention Symposium 2022

3/4 Human Trafficking Prevention and Awareness Webinar

3/31 Highly Mobile and At-Risk Webinar

April 2022

Purple Star Campus Application Opening

4/29 Foster Care Guide Training: Chapters 4-5

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Military Connected Students

In 2019, TEA added two new PEIMS indicator codes to the military-connected student identifier. The Military Student Identifier one-pager provides guidance on the data schools must collect and report in PEIMS.


The additional codes 5 and 6 include students with a parent or guardian who are:

  • Veterans
  • Members of the US military or reserve force who have fallen in the line of duty. 

The importance of identification. Veteran families may face difficulties related to the transition from military to civilian life, and surviving family members may be coping with the impact of losing a loved one. As a result, there are a variety of resources schools can provide families to help support their child's wellbeing and academic success.

You can find more information about available benefits at the following websites:


Surviving Family Members

Purple Star Campus Designation

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The Purple Star Campus Designation recognizes Texas district and charter schools that show their support and commitment to meeting the unique needs of military-connected students and their families. See the Purple Star Campus webpage for the criteria and how to apply.

Applications for the 2022-2023 school year will open this April. To receive notice of the official application period dates, sign up for To the Administrator Addressed (TAA) correspondence and the Military-Connected Students newsletter.

If you have any questions, please email: MilitaryConnectedStudents@tea.texas.gov.

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Child Abuse and
Human Trafficking Prevention


Check out the Child Abuse Prevention: Mandatory Reporting, Training, and Reminders for reminders on training and mandatory reporting.

The Human Trafficking Prevention and Awareness 2021-2022 Webinar Series will conclude on Friday, March 4, 2022 at 10:30 am, so join us for the Human Trafficking Prevention Resources webinar. If you missed Human Trafficking 87th Legislative Update and Requirements; Human Trafficking Prevention Action; or the Human Trafficking Prevention Awareness Month Panel webinars, please visit the Highly Mobile and At-Risk Webinars page for the recordings.

Mandatory Reporting

Educators play a vital role, as mandatory reporters, in identifying students who may be experiencing abuse or neglect. Below is a graphic used in TEA’s trainings that provides important guidance and a reminder for how to make mandatory child abuse reports:

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If it is an emergency call 911 or law enforcement immediately. If it is a heightened concern, contact the Texas Abuse Hotline at 1-800-252-5400. If it is a hunch or worry (less urgent), make a report online at Texas Abuse Hotline.

If the matter to be reported potentially involves human trafficking, please report to DFPS and local or state law enforcement

Please note: For the purposes of trafficking, reporting to local law enforcement does not include a school district's police department.

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Pregnancy Related
Services (PRS)

For any new guidance regarding PRS and SB 15, please view the PRS FAQ. The FAQ was created with frequent questions TEA receives. The information is robust and provides practical guidance to support the implementation of PRS programs. Topics within the FAQ include: PRS remote instruction eligibility, Senate Bill 15, and Compensatory Education Home Instruction (CEHI), and remote instruction information. 

Please use the Student Attendance Accounting Handbook Section 9 for all program guidelines for Pregnancy Related Services. Ensure you are viewing the latest version from October 2021.

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Texas Education for Homeless Children
and Youth Program (TEHCY)

Did you know you can view the McKinney-Vento 101 webinar, slide deck, and tools to assist with identification, enrollment, and support services for students experiencing homelessness? Visit the TEA TEHCY webpage to view and download the McKinney-Vento 101 slide deck and resource documents, such as: 

  • Sample Student Residency Questionnaire (SRQ)
  • Sample Intake Form
  • Sample Transportation Letter
  • Immunization Flow Chart
  • Dispute Resolution FAQ and Sample Form
  • TEHCY Program Infographic

Regional McKinney-Vento Liaisons

Every education service center (ESC) has a designated regional McKinney-Vento Liaison. Our regional McKinney-Vento Liaisons assist TEA with technical assistance, professional development, and dissemination of resource materials within their regions. Visit ourTEA TEHCY webpage for the contact information for the regional McKinney-Vento Liaison in your area.  

Save the Date! ARP Homeless II eGrant Training

Friday, March 4, 2022, at 10:00 am | Register here: ARP Homeless II Grant Application Webinar 

The eGrant application will open on Friday, February 25th. During this webinar, we will review the ARP Homeless II eGrant application, program guidelines, entitlement amounts, etc. 

Sign up for the McKinney-Vento newsletter to stay updated!

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 Foster Care and Student Success

We are excited to announce upcoming training opportunities for the newly released Foster Care & Student Success guide. These trainings will help to familiarize LEA leaders and Foster Care Liaisons with the guide’s layout and content.    

Please save the date for the following trainings: 

March 9, 2022 - Register 

March 25, 2022 - Register 

April 22, 2022 - Register 

All trainings are from 10:00 am - 11:30 a.m. 

The first training in March will be an overview of the entire guide. The presentation will explain the layout and information within the guide. Chapters 1-3 will be presented in March and Chapters 4-5 will be presented in April. Dates for other chapters in the guide are forthcoming. 

Sign up for the Foster Care newsletter to stay updated!

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