Forge Your Sick Note in Brazil at Your Own Risk

At least for roughly 19,700 classrooms in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, long gone are the days of the homeroom teacher belting out the attendance list and manually marking “present or not present.”  Instead, every student in this target area has been provided with an electronic ID card with each and every student’s pertinent personal information. Schools have been outfitted with entrance-ways that are now controlled with a swipe-pad that students must slide their ID card through to enter. Data on the student is stored and attendance is subsequently counted.

Student attendance, especially in poorer schools, is a constant challenge. In the past, attendance sheets were reviewed manually every week or so, at which point calls were made to the home to inquire about the delinquent student. Now, the system alerts teachers and administrators as to absenteeism and a call and/or text message is immediately sent to the student’s guardian. Granted, phone numbers can change and texts can be ignored, but for the most part Rio administrators report up-ticks in attendance levels and parent participation.

Additionally, teachers are also able to text students and their parent information regarding current test scores and other timely info to keep both student and parent actively involved. At a time when guidance counselors, especially in the U.S., are being cut back and all-together eliminated, employing an electronic tracking system like this makes sense regardless of country or income-level.

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3 responses to “Forge Your Sick Note in Brazil at Your Own Risk

  1. Joao Carlos Barroso

    Great article,
    If you need somenthing from Brazil, let me know
    Regards

  2. This is an interesting system. Is there a “rest of the story”? Teenagers, wherever they might live, tend to find ways to work the system. e.g. Is there a entrance-way monitor? Otherwise, students could swipe cards for their friends. And who updates the email addresses for the students and their parents?

    What if the parents are poor and don’t have email access? Do the schools provide email devices and training on how to use them?

    • Thanks, Paul. Unfortunately this is all I know of this system. I do agree, as I read this article and immediately jumped to potential monitoring issues/concerns. I can only assume there is someone positioned at the hallway swipe-pad to make sure “double-swiping” does not occur. And yes, parents without access definitely don’t fit into this. There was a mention of training and this is being rolled out country-wide based on positive results (so far) so something is working. But only the future will tell … Peter

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