Parents must telephone ECMS before 8:30 a.m. each day that a student will be tardy or absent. The ECMS phone number, available 24 hours a day, is 978-443-1071, press “1” for the absentee line. Leave your child’s name, grade, and reason for absence; if s/he will be out for several days, please note that in your message. Your child’s safety is critical and, while it may be a small inconvenience to call, the effort is a key component in our attendance system. We will call the parent of any absent student who has not been recorded on the absentee line to verify the absence. If we cannot reach a parent or any of the designated emergency contacts and speak directly with them to confirm the absence, the Sudbury Police will be notified. In the case of METCO students, we will notify the METCO director.