A school MIS plays a crucial role in efficiently managing various school functions, with potentially the most important area being attendance. With the help of an MIS, schools can streamline attendance processes using features such as ‘Manage Attendance’ or ‘Bulk Attendance Update’ found within Bromcom, to carry out these tasks efficiently and securely.
An MIS is a system that allows for recording and maintaining attendance data, removing the need for time-consuming paperwork and manual registers. Teachers can quickly mark attendance electronically, saving substantial time and effort. Conducting registers through electronic means provides a safety net, saving the data once entered and ensuring that they cannot be misplaced, destroyed or forgotten. Additionally, colleagues or cover teachers are able to take registers for another class so long as they have the relevant access.
School administrators, attendance officers and teachers can access live attendance information on a daily basis, ensuring transparency, oversight, and the safety of students. An MIS can also provide invaluable insights into student attendance patterns through attendance reports and analytics. These reports can help identify frequent absentees, positive/negative trends, or overall attendance percentages. This enables teachers and school staff to take appropriate measures and actions where necessary.
Furthermore, an MIS can also integrate with systems which are responsible for other areas within the school, such as timetabling or behaviour. This integration can help identify potential correlations between attendance and other factors, contributing to a more holistic approach to student management. For instance, if a student has a low attendance rate, the MIS can trigger alerts for teachers or administrators to investigate further and determine if additional support or interventions are required.
Another way that an MIS can help with Attendance, is by sending notifications and reminders to parents regarding their child’s attendance. Automated messages can be sent informing parents of their child’s absence or tardiness, keeping them informed and accountable for their child’s attendance. This timely communication encourages parental involvement in promoting regular attendance. Alternatively, watchlists can be created to monitor the attendance of vulnerable or frequently absent children, and only send a notification home if a specific criteria is met or not met. And this is just the tip of the iceberg, optimized attendance management system is just one aspect of an MIS’s vast capabilities.
Finally, with Bromcom specialising in Attendance for over 30 years, there are many ways in which we have tailored our MIS over the years to streamline Attendance processes. At the time of writing, there are at least 4 different paths you can take to access registers within Bromcom. Our ‘Manage Attendance’ page is one of our strongest features, allowing users to bulk manage or overwrite attendance for specifics students, groups or the entire school on individual days, periods or weeks at a time, all from one screen. Then you have our ‘Today’s Missing Registers’ page, which displays all of the registers for a specific date and allows users to see their current status, send reminders where needed and access or print any specific registers. To learn more about all of these intuitive features and how they can help you, Book yourself a free Bromcom demo here