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B'ville schools to use messaging service for attendance

Beginning Jan. 5, the first day students are back to school from the holiday break, all of the schools of the Baldwinsville Central school district will be using the Connect-Ed telephone messaging service to contact parents or guardians when a student is absent from school. This is the same service that Superintendent Jeanne Dangle has been using to contact parents in the case of a delay or closing of school.

In the elementary schools, if a parent or guardian has not called in by 10 a.m. to report that a student will be absent for the day, the attendance staff will use the messaging service to leave a voice message at all of the contact numbers that the school has on file for the student. The attendance staff at Ray Middle School, Durgee Junior High School and Baker High School will begin this process at 9:30 a.m. for all students who have not reported to school.

If you are called, this is the message you will receive: "Hello. This is (principal's name), principal of (school building). Your child is not in school today. Please contact the attendance office immediately at (school name). The number is (school number). It is imperative to communicate to the school when your child is not in attendance to ensure your child's safety. It is important that we work together to stress that daily attendance is critical for the educational development of your child. If you receive our voicemail, please leave a message as to the reason for your child's absence. Again, the number is (school number). Thank you."

Students returning to school after an absence will still need to bring in an excuse written and signed by a parent.

If there are any changes to your child's contact information, the district requests that you please contact your child's school as soon as possible so that the office has the most up to date information on file. It is imperative that your child's school has up to date information, especially in the case of an emergency.

The schools will also begin using the Connect-Ed system when a student brings in a note for an early release from school. The system will be used to call you to verify that the request is legitimate. When a student needs an early release, the best course of action for parents is to call the school to communicate this information.

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