The Homeless Information Management System for Students (HIMSS) December 2021 software development release improves communication with district homeless liaisons to support at-risk student groups.
HIMSS is a data management system created for homeless program administrators and designed to help meet annual McKinney-Vento reporting requirements. A partnership with the Global Grid for Learning (GG4L) allows HIMSS to connect with a district Student Information System (SIS) and import student information.
Identifying At-Risk Students
When a flagged student within HIMSS eligible for support starts attending school in a different district, staff are informed immediately with an email and a message in the HIMSS system. Both notifications alert the liaison to update the student’s status in their district’s SIS.
- Student data automatically pulls into HIMSS through an automatic nightly process
- Once identified, the HIMSS software can track the assistance students experiencing homelessness, students in foster care, and their families receive in and out of school
- No student names are listed, just the state identifier associated with that student
- The alert appears in the messages section of HIMSS
HIMSS helps schools’ homeless liaisons and community service providers stay connected by providing:
- Automated emails to service partners for health service providers or social workers when students' homeless status or foster care status is confirmed
- Optional logins so service partners can access the system remotely
- Track enrollment and service history even if a student transfers to a different school or district
Take a look at this webinar that highlights how our software helps school districts better serve their most vulnerable students.
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