York Regional Police are asking parents to call their kids in as absent to avoid the surge of unnecessary phone calls they've been receiving from schools. Police north of Toronto have been tied up with multiple calls linked to the Safe Arrival Program, where schools call the police if they aren't able to get in touch with an absent child's parents. Police believe many opted to stay home yesterday after Ontario CUPE strike remained uncertain, and was not announced until the evening.
Police have received nine cases before noon relating to absent students this Monday, October 7. Each call requires two officers, Const. Andy Pattenden told 680 News.
Everyone was expecting schools to be closed starting this October 7 after difficult negotiations between education workers and the government. The two parties managed to find common ground just hours before midnight last night, October 6. By then, many had already opted to stay home.
The surge of calls may have been related to the strike confusion, and police are asking parents to notify schools in the event of their child's absence. Otherwise, the schools are legally obligated to contact the police, which has been tying them up.
Police had to take to social media several times to deal with this.
Meanwhile, it was pretty clear on social media that kids would have liked the day off.