Frequently Asked Questions
What is School Dispatch?
A simple to use technology that automates the collection of absences, late arrivals, and early dismissals.
Instead of parents or guardians calling in an absence, late arrival, or early dismissal to school staff, they text in to one, central number that encompasses the entire district. This information is verified by our system. School staff can view the live update and/or download as needed.
Why do we need School Dispatch?
Every school’s needs are different. At the end of the day, you need to consider the amount of time wasted in your school district and see where technology fits in...especially technology that saves you time and money instead of costing you.
If your school or district is still answering phones and listening to voicemails, then you’ll definitely want to see Dispatch in action.
How much does it cost?
School Dispatch costs $6 per student per year plus a one-time $1,499 setup fee.
How will School Dispatch save us money?
It depends on what you pay your attendance staff and how many hours they have to spend on the phone and input information, but it saves the average school district (3,500 students) roughly 20 hours per day.
Is it secure?
Yes. We take security very seriously. Only the parent’s phone on record can use the system. They will receive a confirmation text and a confirmation email. If, somehow, the student hijacked a parent’s phone and submitted an absence, the parent will still receive the email and know that it’s time to ground their kid.
Is this easy to set up?
Yes, we make the onboarding as easy as possible for both districts and parents. We have marketing materials for you so you can easily educate the parents/guardians on how to use the system. We sync daily with your servers so all parent/student information is up to date.
Do we need to download anything? What do the parents need to do?
School Dispatch is entirely cloud-based. There is nothing for schools to download or update. Parents don’t need to download a buggy app or login to any system. All they need is their phone.