Two questions: Does your school call homes if students are absent? (That day, not after repeated absences.) Does anyone know of a free service I could sign up for that would allow me to very easily and quickly, via automated phone call or email, notify parents of an absence? --- My elementary school does not do phone calls home if a student is absent. I see this as a huge risk and thought that calls home were just standard... they were always done when I was a kid. If a parent sees a child leave to walk to school or a bus stop, and the child never makes it to the school, and no one is notified, that is a huge safety concern for me. I'm sure that school-wide systems are costly, but is this a concern I should bring up with the admin (not now, at the start of the year, but eventually)?