My 8 year old disappeared from school yesterday...*EDIT*
at least, that's the indication I got when I received an automated phone call at 9:30 a.m. telling me that she was absent. Since my husband drives the girls to school, I had no idea whether a.) she didn't go inside the school and something happened to her, or b.) they had all three been in an accident on the way to school and I just didn't know about it.
I called the school secretary and she had to check the classrooms and call me back...talk about a LONG 10 minutes! It turned out that it was a mistake and that everything was fine.
I'm not happy with the school regarding the whole thing; first of all, if my child is missing from school it should not take an hour and a half to notify me. Secondly, the way that the 3rd grade teacher "takes" attendance is to have each child flip some card that indicates whether they want the hot or cold lunch. My daughter forgot (she does that), so she was marked absent. I have no problem with teaching them to be responsible, but I think the teacher should double-check, so that parents won't get freaked out like I did!
EDIT: I emailed her principal this morning (I would have emailed her teacher as well, but her address isn't on the website) and let him know what happened. He didn't know that her teacher was taking attendance that way, and he agreed that it should be done better and said that he would talk to her about it. I then emailed the superintendent of the district regarding the automated telephone system, because she is responsible for any changes that need to be made. She also agreed that 90 minutes wasn't appropriate for elementary school-age students and said that she would take care of it.
I always contact the appropriate person at school when I have an issue with something that is going on. I trust them to keep my children safe, and expect them to live up to that trust.