TDSB schools to notify parents of student absences within 75 minutes

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TORONTO

Following the kidnapping of a 14-year-old last Wednesday and the failure by staff to notice his absence in school, the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) will now give school staff 75 minutes to notify parents when students are absent from class.
According to a TDSB spokesperson, said staff missed the attendance reporting deadline at 11 am, and the boy’s parents weren’t notified of his absence until after 6 pm.
The boy was found safe on Thursday night though police described him as “dishevelled.”
Four staff members at Newtonbrook school have been put on “home assignment” in the wake of the incident.
The new, board-wide change is needed after an initial review found that high schools across the city had different times that first absence calls went out to parents.

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