Safe Arrival & Attendance
September, 2018
 
Dear Parents/Guardians,
 
In ASD-S one of our greatest priorities is ensuring that all our students arrive safely at school each and every day.
 
To enhance our existing absence-checking procedure, we are introducing a new, more efficient student absence reporting system called Safe Arrival.  This new system will reduce the time it takes to verify student attendance, make it easy for you to report your child’s absence and easy for staff to respond to unexplained student absences.
 
With Safe Arrival, you are asked to report your child’s absence in advance using any of these 3 convenient methods:
 
1.      Using your mobile device, download and install the SchoolMessenger app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store (or from the links at https://go.schoolmessenger.ca
 
The first time you use the app, select Sign Up to create your account. Select Attendance then Report an Absence.
 
2.      Use the Safe Arrival website, https://go.schoolmessenger.ca
 
The first time you use the website, select Sign Up to create your account. Select Attendance then Report an Absence.
 
3.      Call the toll-free number 1-833-219-9065 to report an absence using the automated phone system.
 
These options are available 24 hours/day, 7 days a week.  Future absences can be reported at any time.
 
In addition, we will use the SchoolMessenger Communicate automated notification system to contact parents whose child is absent when the absence was not reported in advance. The automated notification system will attempt to contact parents at multiple contact points until a reason is submitted for the absence. If our system is unable to reach the designated contacts, office staff will follow up.
 
If you report your child’s absence in advance using the Safe Arrival toll-free number, website or mobile app, you will NOT receive these notifications.
 
Starting September 10th, please report absences in advance using Safe Arrival instead of sending notes or calling/emailing the school. 
Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we implement this new system.