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.