Absenteeism Remains a Problem
All the EdTech resources in the world can’t improve schools if students aren’t in their seats for the experience. Yes, it’s nearly 2020, and absenteesim is still a widespread problem. EdTech Magazine tells us that “As many as 8 million students were chronically absent from school during the 2015–2016 school year, up from 7.2 million two years earlier, according to national data released in 2018 by Attendance Works. That means 1 in 7 students missed 15 or more days of school.”
Using Tech to Address the Issue of Absenteeism
Schools are getting creative with their approaches to addressing the issue, from sophisticated data like attendance-keeping apps to immersive technologies that boost student engagement — but in-school absenteeism is also an issue that, while just as problematic, may actually be harder to address.
When students have repeated requests to leave the classroom, whether for bathroom and locker visits, nurse calls, or other reasons, they are missing valuable instructional time. This has a similar effect to being absent from school entirely. With any type of repetitive absence, mastery declines, test scores fall, and graduation rates are reduced.
Get Creative with E-Hallpass
Solutions like e-hallpass are among the innovative ways that schools across America are fighting the problem. E-hallpass keeps students in class when it counts by triaging bathroom requests, prioritizing nurse queues, capping the number of allowed passes at a given moment, recording the length of time students are out of class (and sending alerts for those who are gone too long), blocking certain students from meeting in the halls, and more. There are many settings and parameters that can help teachers and administrators combat in-school absenteeism, and these options are configurable and customizable at school and building level.
Additional Benefits to Using E-Hallpass to Combat Absenteeism
E-hallpass has many other helpful features with benefits such as reduced vandalism, increased safety and security, reduced vaping, decreased violence, and more. To learn about everything that e-hallpass can do for your school, schedule a free demo today.
Looking Back on 2019
It’s been a year of exciting growth for Eduspire Solutions, adding hundreds of new schools in 46 states! We’ve also made significant updates to our e-hallpass and FlexTime Manager software solutions, and we’re anticipating the release of even more updates in the new year. Here is a summary of our year in review and what’s to come:
FlexTime Manager Improvements During 2019
- Synced Rosters: brand new feature that allows multiple teachers to keep their activities up to date by linking to a single shared roster that dynamically keeps all applicable rosters updated
- Roster Improvements: teachers can more easily rename, delete, copy, their rosters in our improved User Interface design
- Improvements to Lunch Logic and CatchAll: a lot of work went into improving the robustness, speed and performance of CatchAll and Lunch Logic
- Connection to Additional Login Services (ClassLink & OneRoster): we have worked hard to make FTM easy to install and get schools connected.
E-hallpass Improvements During 2019
- Student Mobile App: e-hallpass for mobile was released in the app store for both Apple and Android user
- Kiosk Mode: this feature enables schools that are not 1:1 or have limited access to devices to use e-hallpass from a centralized hub location with multiple user
- Connection to Additional Login Services (ClassLink & GG4L): we have worked hard to make EHP easy to install and get schools connecte
- A/B polarity: this feature further increases security by allowing teachers to proactively prevent selected students from using the halls simultaneously
Upcoming FlexTime Manager Improvements for 2020
- CatchAll by rotating calendar schedule
- Admin ability to rename all the priority levels
- Retro-active (bulk) attendance adjustments
- Student registration report
- Shared teacher attendance
- Student mobile app
- A/B Polarity for activities
Upcoming E-Hallpass Improvements for 2020
- Pass limits by location
- Audible teacher alerts
- Reusable passes
- Teacher mobile app
If you haven’t yet committed to using e-hallpass or FlexTime Manager in your school and would like to schedule a free demo for your administrators, please contact us today!
Problems with Vaping at Your School? Consider e-hallpass
School. It’s where our kids go to learn and grow, academically and socially. We hope they’re cultivating passions. We hope they’re excelling, forging lifelong friendships, developing real-world skills. We hope they’re safe. But we are aware that it might also be a place where they are tempted to get into trouble or might be introduced to dangerous and addictive behaviors, like vaping, which has become a nationwide epidemic.
Through the course of a school day, parental reach is limited. Stemming behavioral issues and protecting students has to be an area of concern for teachers, even if mainly to allow students to focus on instructional time and progress. That’s why it’s crucial for educators to have resources and tools that make teaching more effective while also helping provide guardrails that decrease unwanted student behaviors.
Meet e-hallpass. A first-of-its-kind digital hall pass solution that does so much more than provide a sanitary alternative to wood block, laminated, or physical object hall passes. In addition to its time-saving and hands-free benefits for teachers (ahem, fewer interruptions? Yes please!), e-hallpass provides the kind of insight necessary to equip teachers to protect our children from unsafe behavior during school hours and those vulnerable times when students are not in class, but traveling through the hallways.
Providing a level of transparency and accountability never before experienced, e-hallpass offers up-to-date information on students’ whereabouts. With robust reporting and various administrative settings and tools, e-hallpass has been reported to not only reduce classroom interruptions (maximizing instructional time), but also
- Decrease nurse’s office visits by 25-50%
- Significantly impact the occurrence of vandalism, smoking, vaping, and other off-limits behaviors
- Deter students from making bogus pass requests to congregate in the halls or meet other students for social reasons
E-hallpass contains many built-in features to help educators manage student time out of the classroom, such as daily or weekly pass limits, automatic pass blocking, co-occurring pass prevention for specified pairs or groups of students, and comprehensive reporting to analyze patterns of student time out of the classroom.
School should be a place where students learn and grow, not look for opportunities to evade supervision and experiment with risky behaviors. E-hallpass promotes safer schools and safer students. For more information, visit the e-hallpass website or contact an Eduspire Solutions representative today.
The Much Anticipated A/B Polarity Feature is Now Available in e-hallpass!
Finally, teachers are able to manage which students are in the halls simultaneously, with the A/B Polarity feature in e-hallpass.
A/B Polarity makes it possible to reduce troublesome hallway activity caused by pairs of students who meet in the halls. Scenarios include vandalism, gang-related activity, boyfriend/girlfriend situations, bullying situations, and more.
In this example, as seen from the Admin screen, a teacher is able to see which students should be blocked from meeting in the halls and how many times the feature may have been activated. The Admin can enter helpful notes for each student, such as that a parent requested his or her child not to be allowed in the hall with another specific student, etc.
Times can be set for blocking a specific student from the hall, and anyone who tries to create a pass for a student who is being blocked from the hall at a specific time will get a notification.
This incredibly helpful feature gives students anonymity in situations that may be anxiety-inducing, such as potentially running into a bully or someone they try to avoid. They will be able to see if that student is currently using a hall pass and therefore will not be able to activate one themselves.
A/B Polarity is just one more way e-hallpass makes schools safer. For more information or to schedule your free demo, click here.
Thomas Jefferson High School Implements Personal Learning Time
This article first appeared on TribLive, by Trib Total Media | Written by Stephanie Hacke | September 26, 2019
Tranquil music echoes through the main hallway of Thomas Jefferson High School’s athletic wing during the middle of the school day.
Roughly 20 students lay on the turf floor, bending and stretching in meditative yoga poses.
In the gymnasium next door, it’s much louder, as students compete in a competitive game of bat ball.
While all of this occurs, a line of students step up inside the adjacent auxiliary gym and fire their bows in a new archery group forming at the school.
New digital hall pass system to replace paper passes
This article first appeared in The Purbalite, the Baldwin High School Student Newspaper
Written by Victoria Di Cesare and Grace Hampton | September 9, 2019
GG4L, or the Global Grid for Learning, safely connects applications to schools. It allows schools to securely share roster data with applications through the Grid, allows EdTech vendors (like e-hallpass) to connect to the Grid and quickly deploy solutions to schools, and it promotes data interoperability. It’s a safe, secure, and manageable way to make EdTech accessible and inexpensive.
The Safer Schools in America Grant, led by GG4L and McREL through the Safer Schools in America Impact Initiative, “is an in-kind grant focused on EdTech applications that support a safer school environment in order to enable teaching and learning. Solutions range across the 7 research-based domains from campus security, physical health and wellness, emotional and behavioral health, emergency preparedness and management, digital safety, community engagement, and healthy school and district culture.”
If a school district is a member of GG4L, it can nominate its schools to receive grant funding for innovative safety EdTech solutions (deployed and used with no cost to the schools for a three-year term). E-hallpass is one of the software solutions that is available to participating schools through this groundbreaking initiative.
With e-hallpass, physical security of students is paramount, and the data made available through the application’s reporting features can help administrators and teachers refine their emergency preparedness measures. We’re proud to have our software (and the added safety and security it provides) made available to even more schools through this grant. The deadline to apply for the initiative is September 15th. The application process is free and takes only 10 minutes to complete. Learn more at https://gg4l.com/initiatives/safer-schools/.
Eduspire Solutions is proud to partner with ClassLink, a tool which “provides OneClick single sign-on into web and Windows applications, and instant access to files at school and in the cloud. Accessible from any computer, tablet or smartphone, ClassLink is ideal for 1 to 1 and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiatives,” allowing more time for learning and less time logging in.
Used by thousands of schools, “ClassLink delivers instant access to all your web resources from all your devices. You can also launch remote Windows desktop applications right in your browser, with no software to install.” Now e-hallpass is available through ClassLink as well, making it even easier for students, teachers, and administrators to experience the transparency, security, and accountability that they desire.
ClassLink removes the need for having separate processes to manage user files, create or transfer csv files, or other time-consuming manual work on the part of school technical or administrative staff. All user data is kept up to date automatically via the state-of-the-art secure API connection. Any prospective or existing school customers of e-hallpass that would like to switch to using ClassLink for seamless user provisioning and authentication should contact Eduspire Solutions and we can easily arrange for the switch.
ClassLink is also iKeepSafe certified, making them the perfect partner for us. Like us, ClassLink cares about student privacy.
Ridgewood freshmen to set class times under new flex schedule
Ridgewood High School freshmen will design their own weekly class schedules this fall under a new flex schedule program to begin in about six weeks, said Principal Chris Uhle.
Flextime Manager functions through the students’ school-issued iPads and gives students an opportunity to design weekly schedules, with the help of an adviser, based on their individualized academic needs. Read More
Introducing Kiosk Mode for e-hallpass
Great news! Did you know that your teachers and students can benefit from e-hallpass even if your school isn’t 1-to-1 or has limited access to devices in certain locations?
Thanks to a new feature called Kiosk Mode, e-hallpass is available to serve multiple students from one device in a single location. Just assign a device to a central location, like the gym or principal’s office, and enable Kiosk Mode. Students can enter their unique credentials and their destination to start a digital hall pass. This functionality resembles that of a registration desk at a conference, where each attendee can use the same device to sign in, one after another. Think of it as a digital check-in, check-out system, but with an active, student-initiated hall pass that ends once the student reaches his or her destination and either checks in at other kiosk or has their pass ended by a staff member from their dashboard.
On the back-end, the hall passes created in Kiosk Mode work the same way that all the normal student passes do in e-hallpass. They are updated real-time on the teacher and admin dashboards, providing all the same safety and security benefits that e-hallpass users already know and love!
Contact Eduspire Solutions for more information or to get started.