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SMS (text messaging) in schools to target unauthorised absences

Project Background

The SMS project is supported by the Behaviour Standards and Wellbeing Directorate and the Student Information Management System (STIMS) Project Team. The Department covers all licensing fees and associated costs. Schools are only required to pay for the costs associated with the text messages.

The software has additional functions including a broadcast message to the whole parent community and a reporting application that allows schools to generate or schedule reports to target students-at-risk.

For Parents

As a parent you are required to send your child to school everyday unless you have provided a reason for them to be away.

There are many schools already using SMS to communicate with parents about unexplained absences. If your child’s school uses SMS and you have forgotten to provide a reason to the school about why your child is away, you will automatically receive a text message advising you of the absence. To assist the school staff, please respond as detailed in the message.

Schools may also use the software to communicate additional messages to you. This function will only be used on a periodic basis or in the instance of an emergency.

For Schools

Schools interested in using the software can attend a planning session to assist with the implementation of this strategy. The planning session covers summary information on how the software works. It also provides schools with time to review their current roll-marking and attendance monitoring procedures. The planning sessions are relevant for administration staff.

For More Information

Please visit the Student Information Management Systems (STIMS) website:

SMS (text messaging) in schools to target unauthorised absences

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