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Sherman ISD to call out unexcused absences

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The parents of Sherman ISD students who are absent will get a call from the district. (KTEN) The parents of Sherman ISD students who are absent will get a call from the district. (KTEN)
Sherman ISD parents can use a smartphone app to monitor school attendance. (KTEN) Sherman ISD parents can use a smartphone app to monitor school attendance. (KTEN)

SHERMAN, Texas -- Playing hooky? Cutting class?

The parents of Sherman students will be made fully aware.

Trying to boost attendance and keep kids in the classroom, the Sherman Independent School District is rolling out a daily attendance call to parents of offenders. 

"To inform them that their child has missed instructional time," explained Assistant Superintendent Dr. Tamy Smalskas. "Whether it's missed a class period, whether it's missed a part of the day, or the student was late to class or late in the morning."

Parents of students who are MIA will get a call sounding something like this:

"This is Sherman ISD with an important message. You're receiving this phone call because your student was marked absent from one or more class periods or a full day of school today."

The automated calls go out at 5:30 each afternoon, and only for unexcused absences.

But parents can also log into their self-serve account or the Teams app to monitor their student's attendance. It shows everything from tardy arrivals to excused and unexcused absences.

"It is important for parents to know where their kids are at all times," Smalskas said. "As kids get older, they tend to tell their parents they're going to school and maybe not make it to school, and so I think that open communication is really important for our school system to partner with our families so they always know where their kids are."

Research shows regular attendance is vital to a student's educational success.

"At the end of the day, we want our students in class each and every day learning," Sherman ISD spokeswoman Kimberly Simpson said. "We don't want them missing valuable instruction time."

The calls will go out starting Wednesday. Parents are urged to call the campus attendance clerk with any questions.

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