MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa, May 16 (UPI) -- An Iowa high school said students with tardiness problems will soon be receiving wake-up phone calls to help them get to class on time.
Officials at Marshalltown High School said the nearly 250 students who have been tardy five or more times since March will be receiving automated calls between 6:30 a.m. and 6:45 a.m. on school days to help them get out of bed and ready for school on time, Marshalltown's Times-Republican reported Monday.
"If we can get them out of bed and into school then it will work," Dean of Students Lisa Wunn said.
Wunn said the idea was suggested by a counselor after finding many tardy students gave the excuse of not having an alarm to help them get up in the early morning.
Wunn said the program will begin before the end of the school year to serve as a pilot program for next fall.