Schools in Hastings Prince Edward go online and on-app to report student absences

School Messenger app

Parents now have another excuse to look at their phones when their kids are out of school.

The Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board has launched the use of Safe Arrival, an online tool to report absences from school. It runs through the app School Messenger, where the schools can communicate with parents and guardians

“I’m very happy they’ve made the change,” Trenton-based parent Cameron McKillop told Quinteist. “Much quicker to use the app instead of making a phone call. I’m sure it frees up school administration for other tasks.”

Parents and guardians can download the app from both the Apple Store and Google Play. If they don’t want to use the app, they can go through the website schoolmessenger.ca, or call 1-833-568-2535 where they will be guided through an automatic absence reporting system.

Those signing up for it must use the email address they have registered with their school. If they choose to use the phone system, no email address is needed. Should a child miss school without notice, Safe Arrival will automatically reach out to guardians to receive more information on behalf of the school.

After registering, School Messenger can not only notify schools about absences, but also give access to any announcements the school is sending out with their students.

“It’s very convenient as both a teacher and a parent,” says Lanaya MacDonald from Frankford. “It puts everyone on the same page.”

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