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.
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.
This Is the Future
It’s almost 2020. Wait — read that again. 2020. How futuristic does that sound? In the movie Back to the Future, “the future” was portrayed as 2015 — which was almost five years ago! If we’re in the future, then why are so many of our schools stuck in the past?
So Do Teachers Still Want Apples and Coffee Mugs at the End of the Year?
The internet abounds with subjective blog posts about what teachers really want for end-of-year gifts and what their back-to-school aspirations include (i.e. another Starbucks gift card, a more organized classroom). But studies from DonorsChoose and the like tell an altogether different story: that teachers. want. tech. (period).
Aside from the obvious device-supported learning endeavors and personalization that classroom technology enables, not much thought is given to the school-wide impact of effective technology use. School safety and security are among this decade’s top concerns: being “in the future” comes with increased dangers, and yet schools that haven’t evolved are facing compounding problems using the same, outdated methods from, well, the past.
Threats Are Abated with Widespread Tech Use
At Eduspire Solutions, our mission statement and purpose are to transform education through technology. With responsible tech tools like e-hallpass, our digital hall pass application, schools all over the country have reported improvements in the areas of school safety, classroom culture, and behavior management. Here is a short list of security concerns that can be resolved with the use of a digital hall pass:
- Student Safety: pinpoint students’ whereabouts outside the classroom, building-wide
- Vandalism: protect school property and prevent costly damage
- Bullying, Drug Use, and Other Misbehavior: restrict certain students from meeting in the halls at the same time, or disable certain hall passes altogether for a set time period
- Hall Pass Abuse: restrict excessive bathroom and water fountain passes and see a live timer with location notifications to prevent aimless wandering
- Lack of Actionable Data: gain access to real-time insights and regular reporting that provide crucial information about students’ hall traffic patterns
Don’t think tech like this exists? Think again — we’re in the future, remember? If your school is still using paper hall passes (or some random object), it’s time to hop in your DeLorean and park in the year 2020 with hundreds of other schools that are using e-hallpass.
Added bonuses that teachers really love: it’s sanitary, and it virtually eliminates classroom disruptions. Preserving instructional time and seasonal immunity? Yes please!
Back-to-School? You Mean “Back to the Future!”
Eduspire Solutions offers free pilots of this in-demand tool that was recently featured by PBS. It’s been called a “no-brainer” by EdTech influencers, and it’s a cost-effective way to seriously bring your school out of the stone age. Contact us today for a demo, and make sure you’re going back to the future when you go back to school in September!
Eduspire Solutions, an EdTech startup founded by a tech-savvy teacher in 2016, has developed a web-based software solution that has garnered national acclaim. E-hallpass, praised for its ability to improve classroom management and safety, has transformed thousands of classrooms across the country. With access to real-time, cloud-based hall pass technology and insights, schools are able to better keep track of student activity, behavior, security, and more.
Enhancing School Safety
Imagine being able to pinpoint the whereabouts of any student, anytime. E-hallpass gives teachers and administrative staff that ability. At a time when many schools are increasing security budgets, e-hallpass provides the peace of mind needed. “It’s an additional security measure,” said Adam Knaresborough, assistant principal at Thomas Jefferson High School in Pennsylvania. “Let’s say we had to evacuate and a teacher says, ‘Two of my kids are in the bathroom. I don’t know where they are.’ I could look and see who they are. I could see a picture of them, and it gives us that data real time of where they are so we can go find them.”
So How Does It Work?
E-hallpass is a cloud-based web and mobile application that allows teachers and students to create a digital hall pass at the click of a button, on any device and operating system. Instead of stopping class to scribble a paper pass, teachers can now acknowledge students’ pass requests virtually hands-free, with minimal disruption to instructional time.
The device can be left in the classroom and does not have to travel with the student. From the teacher’s dashboard, active passes show real-time hall traffic data, such as where a student has gone, how long they’ve been out of the classroom, and when they’ve reached their destination. Alerts and notifications make it easy to check in on students who are taking too long or abusing hall pass privileges.
E-hallpass also features reporting by student and time period, so that teachers and administrators can more easily notice trends in hall pass activity among particular groups of students and stem potentially problematic behavior.
Real Situations Call for Real Solutions
In addition to the everyday classroom management benefits of e-hallpass, even the unthinkable becomes easier to mitigate. When a Pennsylvania high school underwent evacuation due to a 2017 bomb threat, all students were accounted for and safely evacuated within ten minutes or less, thanks to the school’s mandate to use e-hallpass.
Additionally, troublesome and expensive issues like vandalism are easier to investigate with e-hallpass, which provides the insights necessary to determine the locations of specific students at specific times and correlate that data with known incidents.
Thoughtful Features Simplify the Lives of Teachers
Because e-hallpass was designed by a teacher, it is in a constant state of evolution as innovative, practical features are added. “Appointment Pass” is a special feature that allows teachers to schedule students for any future time, while “Auto Pass” makes it easy for students to self-initiate a repetitive pass request (such as the restroom, locker or water fountain) with minimal involvement from a teacher.
Backed By Strong Partnerships
Hundreds of schools nationwide have installed e-hallpass building-wide, which has led to support from tech companies like Clever, Amazon Web Services, and Troxell, to name a few. Eduspire Solutions and e-hallpass tour the country by presenting at conferences like ISTE, FETC, and TCEA, and their products have earned attention from notable EdTech sources such as Educents, Getting Smart, EdSurge, GoGuardian, and others.
What’s the Catch?
There is no catch! Eduspire Solutions offers free pilots for schools who are interested in seeing how e-hallpass can strengthen their security protocols or solve their efficiency problems. E-hallpass is a cost-effective way to make a smart investment in the long-term success of schools who are serious about instructional time and ensuring that students stay in class. Eduspire Solutions representatives facilitate demonstrations with administrative stakeholders on an ongoing basis, and tiered pricing and volume discount options are available. Contact Eduspire Solutions today to set up a call, or visit their website to download literature to take back to your school.
This August 2018 article on triblive.com lists the improvements being made at West Jefferson Hills School District in Pennsylvania, including this statement about our e-hallpass software: “The district also will utilize digital hall passes to better track students and provide data on pass usage.”