POTTSTOWN PA – Playing hooky in the Pottsgrove School District is about to become more difficult, and in the same way administrators hope to play it safer, too. Beginning Monday (March 17, 2014), Pottsgrove is launching an automated student absence verification system, it announced in notices to parents and guardians.
If a student is missing from the morning roll call without parents notifying their child’s school in advance, the system makes a recorded call and also sends a back-up e-mail to the emergency phone number and messaging addresses designated by each family.
The district wants to give early warning that something’s amiss, it indicated. The student might have voluntarily decided to avoid classes for a day, or may have encountered trouble en route to school; in either circumstance, families can know and take action as appropriate. The system both assures “student safety” and strengthens “communication between school and home,” Pottsgrove’s statement said.
To preempt the automated call, parents must contact the district attendance line – it’s also automated – at 484-524-0099. The line can also be reached by dialing each school’s main phone number and pressing option 1.
Absence verification “does not replace the need” under Pennsylvania law “for a note from a parent or guardian, within three school days of the student’s return, for the absence to be considered as excused,” the district added. “This new procedure is a safety measure to ensure parents are made aware that their child is not in school. We appreciate your patience as we launch this system.”
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