CALVIN PARK WEEKLY UPDATE
January 6-10, 2020
NEW! Parent Reporting of Student Absences on Inclement Weather/Bus Cancellation Days
In past years when school buses have been cancelled due to inclement
weather, parents/guardians of bused students were not required to report
their absence. Only parents/guardians of walkers who chose not to come to
school were to report absences.
NEW FOR 2019-2020:
All parents/guardians are asked to report their student’s absence regardless of
the reason, including during bus cancellations. Often, bused students
find alternative ways to school and we want to ensure we know a student’s
whereabouts to ensure their safety and well-being. Knowing who is
supposed to be at school will allow school office staff to best ensure all
students are accounted for. Students are asked to ensure they report to their
home room class for attendance. Teachers will take attendance at 8:20 am. This allows school office staff to quickly determine who isn’t at school that should be and launch SafeArrival calls to a student’s designated contacts.
How to Report a Student's Absence Using SafeArrival
There are 3 ways to report a student's absence. These options are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please do not call the school directly to report an absence.If your student is marked absent and the absence hasn’t been reported in advance, our new SafeArrival system will attempt to reach the student’s priority contact by telephone to confirm the absence. If our system is unable to reach the designated contacts, school office staff will follow up. If your child will be late, please report them as absent using one of the options below and then, when they arrive at school, they need to check in at the office and their attendance will be changed to LATE.
1. School Messenger App
a) Use your mobile device to download and install the free SchoolMessenger blue app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store, the SchoolMessenger website portal, or from within the LDSB mobile app.
b)The first time you use the app, you must select Sign Up to create your account. Please ensure you use the same email address your student’s school has on file. If you do not use that same email address, you will not be able to create an account, or may not be able to see the "Attendance" option. You may have already created an account when we introduced the Communicate broadcast system.
c)Select Attendance, then Report an Absence.
2. School Messenger SafeArrival Website Portal
1. Visit the SchoolMessenger website portal.
2. The first time you use the app, you must select Sign Up to create your account. Please ensure you use the same email address your student’s school has on file. If you do not use that same email address, you will not be able to create an account, or may not be able to see the "Attendance" option. You may have already created an account when we introduced the Communicate broadcast system.
3. Select Attendance then Report an Absence.
2. School Messenger Toll-Free Telephone
1. Call 1-855-257-9349 toll-free to report an absence using the automated phone system.
2. Follow the prompts.
THIS WEEK at CALVIN PARK January 6-10, 2020
Monday, January 6 - Day 1
- GSA Student Meeting at 11:55
Tuesday, January 7 - Day 2
Wednesday, January 8 - Day 3
Thursday, January 9 - Day 4
- Art Club at lunch
Friday, January 10 - Day 5
UPCOMING DATES TO REMEMBER:
January 17 Bus Safety Presentations
January 20 KFLA Public Health: Teens Trashing Tobacco (Grade 7 Students)
January 24 Candela, O'Neill, Williams and Yateman's Classes to Boys and Girls Club
January 27 School Council Meeting at 6:00 p.m. in the Staff Room. New members are welcome!
January 29 Grade 8 Day at LCVI
January 29 BELL Let's Talk Day (in support of mental health)
January 31 PA Day (no school for students)