Schools to SMS parents
Twice daily, morning and afternoon, parents of kids from Mitchelton State High School, in Brisbane's western suburbs, are told their little darlings are skipping school by text. The number of unexplained school abductions scenes per student has plummeted from eight days to 0.44 days a year since an anti-truancy messaging system was introduced more than 12-months ago. Mitchelton State High School, which has about 570 students, is one of a growing number of schools, public and private, to introduce automated messaging systems.
Mitchelton State High School principal John Fitzgerald said overall absences were down from 17 days per student a year, also the state average, to just 10.
Over 90 per cent of parents have listed their mobile phone number with the school.