New message system to catch school truants in Fife

Texts, voicemails and emails will be sent out to parents to let them know their child is absent.
Texts, voicemails and emails will be sent out to parents to let them know their child is absent.

There is no hiding place for Fife pupils who fancy skiving off school.

A new messaging system that tells parents their child is absent is being launched.

Fife Council’s education and learning directorate is introducing the new text, email and voicemail system as part of its approach to improving communication with parents and pupil attendance.

Schools will use the system to give information to mums and dads about school events such as parents’ evenings and appointments. If their child does not register in school, an automated message may be sent to parents.

Parents will also be able to use the system to let the school know as quickly as possible why their child is absent.

Central head of service Bryan Kirkaldy said: “We are pleased to be introducing this improvement to our communication with parents.

“The system will also help us to improve pupils’ attendance by contacting parents directly if their child does not register and will help us to ensure that pupils are safe and in school when they should be.

“We have sent letters to all parents with details of the new system and hope that they find it more convenient than telephoning the school office first thing in the morning, which tends to be busy at this time of day.”

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