This morning I began to think about if there were mobile app solutions or tools to assist with promoting school attendance and on the back-end dealing with truancy.
What if there was a scanner at the school like at the grocery store which alerted me as a parent (maybe others) when my daughters walked into school?
What if there were reward/loyalty points attached to the application just like banks and stores provide. 100% attendance, you earn “x.” Attend “Y” days in a row, you earn “y.” Stay for tutoring, you earn “z.”
At some school systems, cell phones are currently banned, ah… but join this system and you will be “rewarded” with carrying your phone to school
The app could be taken a step further to the classroom. Scan as you enter the class… on time, earn points. Tardy, lose points.
Walking the neighborhood or some place while school is in. You get stopped by the police. The police run your bar code and it pops up “This student’s class schedule ends at noon. Not truant.”
How about this for parents? If check-in at PTA meetings, parent-teacher conferences, school board meetings, etc. and earn points for your child
Sample Prizes or Awards:
- restaurant discounts
- cell phone bill discounts
- school event tickets
- “My child… blah, blah, blah” t-shirts, bumper stickers, signs
- extra credit points
- on and on
What do you think?