Irish school sends text messages to beat truancy


Dunshaughlin Community College in County Meath is the first Irish school to install Truancy Call to help reduce school absences and provide parents with an easy way to provide information to the school.


[UKPRwire, Thu Apr 26 2007] Dunshaughlin Community College in County Meath is the first Irish school to install Truancy Call to help reduce school absences and provide parents with an easy way to provide information to the school.

Truancy Call (www.truancycall.com) allows school staff to make first day contact with parents of absentees via automated phone call, text message and email, parents can then respond in the same way. Truancy Call does not require investment in new telephone lines or any additional hardware.

Dunshaughlin Community College, a mixed school with 930 pupils is also one of only 12 schools worldwide chosen for Microsoft’s Innovative Schools programme.

Principal Seamus Ryan commented: “Dunshaughlin is committed to the provision of a complete education maximising student potential to the highest standards through highly committed staff in a modern well-equipped environment. By installing Truancy Call we can manage absences more effectively and encourage parents to notify us about the whereabouts of their child. One of the real benefits of Truancy Call is that it alerts parents immediately, should their child be absent for any reason.”

Mr Ryan continued, “It gives parents the opportunity to inform the school directly of the reason for the absence and the likely duration, reducing the workload for teaching in collecting and recording absence notes.”

More than 750 schools in the UK and 50 in Australia are currently using the Truancy Call service to reduce unauthorised absence levels and improve communications with parents of pupils at the school.

Using Truancy Call, the school carries out registration as normal each morning. Once finished, the system automatically calls, texts or emails parents until a response is received. Once a response is received and a voice message recorded no further calls are made, until the start of the next absence.

Stephen Clarke, Managing Director of Truancy Call, commented, “We are delighted that Dunshaughlin Community College is the first school in Ireland to install Truancy Call. Since its inception in 2000, Truancy Call has grown from strength to strength, helping schools to improve their attendance rates. We look forward to seeing how the service helps Dunshaughlin Community College and indeed other Irish schools.”

For more information on how Truancy Call can benefit your school please contact 0818 286609, Email sales@truancycall.com, website: www.truancycall.com.

Company: Truancy Call Limited


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