As mentioned previously, ANM can save a school both time and money. Let's look at an example of how it does this:
- A Queensland high school experiences 50 unexplained absences on average a day for an entire school year. A staff member manually phones each parent/guardian involved to find out why a child is absent. The total cost under this existing method (taking into account a phone recall factor of one-and-a-half times) is just over $12,000 a year. However, by simply changing the process and implementing ANM, the school can save on a staff member's time as well as more than $8000 a year (see the Value Calculator).
ANM is also a useful reporting and recording tool. It provides the school with documented history of absentee notification.
And it does in fact reduce absenteeism - the Victorian Education Department can vouch for the success of SMS-based absentee alerts. An article was published in the Victorian Education Times mid-last year explaining about SMS-based absentee alerts. The article stated that in one school alone they trialled SMS alerts to parents when an explanation was not received by 10am. After just 15 months, the school found that unexplained absentees dropped by 80 per cent.
But the most important reason for using ANM lies with the fact that you are proving to parents you care about their child's education. You are saying to them, "we want to work with you to help achieve your child's dreams".