Does your school call homes if students are absent?

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  1. otterpop

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    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?

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    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)?
     
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    Yes, our secretary calls. I absolutely love that she does this. At my former school, no one called.

    I've never heard of a system, but it seems like it could exist...?
     
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    There are definitely paid systems because I've heard of people getting auto calls that say "your child is absent today". I don't think there are any free ones, but... it's worth asking I suppose.
     
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    The school that I worked at last year would call if the student wasn't called in, and my new district has autocalls, but that may be to confirm all absences. I know I've gotten calls about my own kids on days that I've called them in, and that's the district I'll be working for this year. I don't know of any services...
     
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    Our attendance system makes auto-calls home when students are absent or tardy.
     
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    Hmm, there could be an auto call system in place at our school then that no one knows about haha. We have a ton of new people on our staff.
     
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    We have a Safe Arrival program in place. If students are absent and the office hasn't been notified (by a note or phone call) the office begins calls within the first hour or so of the school day. At the high school level, there are automated calls and emails to report absences.
     
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    At my school parents are supposed to call if their child will be out, but if they don't, they get a call within half an hour.
     
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    My old school never called. Our attendance system had a way to do a phone call, but it had to be done individually and would have taken a lot longer than simply picking up the phone myself.

    (The attendance person did call for repeat offenders or multiple day absences.)
     
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    I should add that, if a student is absent without notice and we are unable to reach a parent or emergency contact to determine where the student is, the police are contacted. Parents are informed of this policy and are asked to provide contact numbers within the first few days of school.
     
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    Our attendance clerks starts calling by 8:20 if a student is absent. I love it! The traditional high schools have an automated system.
     
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    No one calls. I wish they would, it might help with the absentee rate.

    At my ds' former high school there was an automated call any time he didn't go to class.
     
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    Yes, our secretary starts calling all unexcused students by 9:15.
     
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    Our secretary calls.
     
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    At my daughter's school, they call within an hour of a reported absence unless a note is sent or the parents call ahead of time.
     
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    No calls here. I find it odd, considering I grew up with calls home if I wasn't at school.
     
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    My HS, over a decade ago, would send out robo-calls saying, "your 12th grade student was not in school today." My whole district used this system; it's very common.
     
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    I'll add to my earlier post: the robo-caller makes calls starting at 4 PM or so. There are no daytime calls when a kid is absent.

    When I was in high school, the office would call home after 2nd or 3rd period if you weren't in school and your parent hadn't called in.
     
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    I know my school makes calls, but I don't know if they are robo-calls or if the secretary calls. I think the secretary makes calls after 10 AM, but I could definitely be wrong.
     
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    I, too, grew up having the school secretary call home if I was absent.

    We send a Connect Ed message home to anyone who's absent reminding them to bring a note when they return.
     
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    Ours is automated with the attendance software.
     
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    :yeahthat:
     

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