School targets truants with automated system

A school in Chesterfield is installing a system to automatically contact the parents of children absent from school to help it meet government set targets for reduced truancy.

It is not just businesses that is using technology to meet government regulations.  A school in Chesterfield is installing a system to automatically contact the parents of children absent from school to help it meet government set targets for reduced truancy.

As reported by 24dash.com, software called Truancy Call has been introduced by Deincourt Community School to make contact with parents of absentees via email, SMS text and voice calling. The system attempts to obtain a direct response from the parents.

The software is installed on a PC with an unlimited site licence. PCs only require an internet connection, soundcard and speakers/headphones with no additional hardware or telephone lines required.

"Truancy Call, allows parents/guardians, as part of the automated phone call, to speak a reason for their child's absence into the phone and, if they received a text message, they can then text the reasons for their child's absence back," says a spokesperson from Truancy call.

The government has set a target to reduce the 2002/03 level of school absence by 8% by 2007/08.


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