Let's take a look at some of the factors involved in actually counting a pupil type student for FTE.
Here it is right out of the "Official" documentation.
Regular School Year
First (1 ) Wednesday in October
To be counted for state aid, students must meet these requirements.
(The local school district must verify birth dates of all pupils entering school for the first time. Birth dates may be verified through a variety of methods, including:
-Baptismal certificate (indicating date/place of birth)
Governmental records (county, military, immigration)
-Doctor or hospital records with sworn statement -Family records (bible or passport)
-Life insurance policy
a. The pupil had an authorized excused absence on the count day and attends some or all classes at least once within 30 calendar days of the count day.
b. The pupil had an unexcused absence on the count day and was enrolled and in attendance prior to the count day and attends some or all classes at least once during the next 10 consecutive school days.
LEARNING LABS are different:
b. The pupil must be scheduled for a specified number of lab hours per week.
c. A certified teacher must be present at all times.
d. Attendance must be taken and documentation must be provided to ensure that the pupil is in fact attending the number of hours scheduled.
Due to the disposition of learning labs, the count period covers a week beginning on the Wednesday count day and continuing through Tuesday following the count day. A pupil must attend the minimum number of hours the pupil has been scheduled for during any given week. Adaily or weekly sign in and sign out sheet is necessary to document the actual number of hours per week that the pupil attended.
Note 1: Some sources indicate that Pupil funding may not be used for GED Preparation.
NOTE: Districts may only count as a full (1.00) FTE those pupils who are in fact full-time pupils, as evidenced by the pupil’s enrollment and attendance pattern. Auditors have the authority and obligation to review the attendance pattern for a questionable pupil count.
REMINDER: Section 6(8), of the State School Aid Act, requires that attendance be taken class-by-class on count day. For any "block" or alternative schedule classes not in session on the Count Date, the district must use the next day the block is in session to take attendance in the other blocks. The student must be in attendance during the 10/30 day rule for the district to count that student in membership for those other blocks. Section 6(8) also specifies that a student who is ineligible to be counted for a full FTE because the student had not returned to “each” class or block may be counted for a pro-rated FTE.
All that was referring to full-time pupils, as in a regular K-12 setting. Here's the poop on the pups in Alternative Ed.
A pupil in grades one through twelve scheduled for fewer than the minimum number of hours of instruction and not approved for a reduced schedule, may be counted for a part-time membership if the pupil meets all other state aid membership eligibility requirements.
Not considered part-time students are those participating in a cooperative education program (they are full-time students whose instructional time is spent in more than one district.
Your school district may count a pupil for a part-time membership if the district has evidence that all the following occurred:
We don't make this stuff up folks. To view the real Official documentation,
here. If you have questions, please consult with your district pupil