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Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School
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School Messenger

 

 

Dear Parents/Guardians,

At London District Catholic School Board, one of our greatest priorities is ensuring that students have arrived safely at school each and every day.

To enhance our existing absence-checking procedures, we are implementing a new system called SchoolMessenger. SchoolMessenger makes it easier than ever to report your child's absence in advance. Instead of calling the school, you can report an absence through an app on your mobile device, through a website, or by calling a toll-free number. The SchoolMessenger system will launch September 4, 2018.

Types of Absences I Can Manage with SchoolMessenger

  • Full-Day Absence (1-5 days)
  • Late Arrival                                                                                        
  • Early Departure
  • Leave and Return (i.e. doctor's appointment)

 

How to Report an Absence Using SchoolMessenger

  • App: download and install the  SchoolMessenger app (BLUE icon above) from the Apple App Store, Google Play Store. You will need to sign up for an account using your contact information the school already has on file. Once you are logged in, select Attendance then Report an Absence
  • Website: Go to https://go.schoolmessenger.com/#/account/signup Once you are logged in, select Attendance then Report an Absence
  • Phone: Call 1-833-275-6702 to report an absence using the automated phone system

DO NOT email, send a note or call the school to report an absence. These options are available 24 hours/day, 7 days a week. Future absences can be reported at any time.

Questions? Please take a look at the Frequently Asked Questions below.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we implement this exciting new system!

Frequently Asked Questions for Families 
 
What is SchoolMessenger? SchoolMessenger is an absence management system that improves student safety and makes it easy for you to let the school know about your child’s: 
 
1. Absence (1-5 days) 2. Late Arrival 3. Early Departure 4. Leave and Return (i.e. doctor’s appointment). 
 
How does SchoolMessenger work?  You must report your child’s absence in advance whenever possible using one of these convenient methods: 
 
SchoolMessenger App 1. Provide your email address to the school.  2. Get the app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.  3. Create and account, select Attendance from the menu, and then Report an Absence. 
 
Web and Mobile Web: https://go.schoolmessenger.com/#/account/sig nup 1. Provide your email address to the school. 2. Go to the website.  3. Create and account, select Attendance from the menu, and then Report an Absence. 
 
Interactive Toll-free Phone 1. Call the toll-free, interactive telephone system at 1-833275-6702 2. Follow the instructions to report an absence. 
 
Absences can be reported in advance: • 24 hours/day, 7 days a week • For any school day in the school term  • Up to the cut-off time on the day of the absence.  
 
When an absence is reported or updated, you will receive a confirmation notice by email and/or text message (assuming you have provided your contact information to the school). 
 
If you don’t report your child’s absence in advance, the automated notification system will try to contact you (using your communication preferences if you have set them up in the SchoolMessenger app). This may include push notifications to the app, email, SMS text messages, or phone calls. You will be asked to provide the reason for your child’s absence immediately. You may do so using the phone line, website or mobile app. 
 
If an absence is not explained within approximately 20 minutes of the time that the school starts the notification process, school staff will follow up to make sure that your child is safe. If you try to 
explain an absence using SchoolMessenger and are told that it is past the cut-off time, please contact the school directly. 
 
Why do I need a SchoolMessenger account? A SchoolMessenger app account is not required to use the tollfree phone line to report absences. However, we strongly recommend that you provide your email address to the school and set up your SchoolMessenger app account. This allows you to review and update absences, review your contact information and communication preferences and more. 
 
Please see related SchoolMessenger app documentation for setting up your account, resetting your password, reviewing contact information, and specifying communication preferences. Once you have set up your account, choose ATTENDANCE from the menu. 
 
If you cannot set up your account, you do not see the ATTENDANCE option, or you do not see your child(ren) listed in your account, please contact the school directly to check that your correct email address is associated with your child(ren). 
 
 How do I use the toll-free phone line? When you call the toll-free phone line, follow the instructions for reporting an absence.  
 
If the phone number you are calling from matches a phone number on file with the school for your student(s), you will hear your student’(s) name(s). If the system doesn’t recognize your caller ID, you will be asked to enter the student’s home phone number. 
 
If you have difficulty using the toll-free phone line, please consider using the SchoolMessenger mobile app or website. Otherwise, contact the school directly. 
 
 
How do I manage notifications? If you don’t want to receive notifications when your child is absent, be sure to report your child’s absence in advance.  
 
If you do receive notifications of your child’s absence, be sure to provide the reason as quickly as possible, using one of the methods listed above or during the phone call notification itself.