If you haven't logged into Aesop yet because of summer break, you might be in for a big surprise! The company that operates the system (once Frontline Technologies, now Frontline Education) has undergone some changes. They now have a brand new name and new corporate identity as an education solutions provider. And there's one big change you should definitely know ahead of time to avoid some confusion.
It's not called Aesop anymore.
Instead, it's called Absence Management, and it's been rolled into a bundled employee attendance system called Frontline Absence & Time. And now when you log in, you'll be greeted with a cheery purple interface.
In a blog post about the new corporate brand, Frontline explains that the changes were precipitated by increased pressure on school districts to have a greater understanding of what is going on in their districts.
"We’re making changes to better support the education community, to provide insights into not only what’s happening by why. We believe that insights create opportunity, and by partnering with education we can provide districts with unprecedented visibility and insights — both at the local level through our systems and on a national scale through the Frontline Research and Learning Institute."
For now, it doesn't seem like there are any major system changes coming up, although the company refers several times to a movement toward more "integrated systems." What this means for substitutes still has not been communicated. Even though the new absence and time solution seems to include an array of software like time tracking and online substitute training courses, schools are not required to implement (or provide) any of these modules.
We'll have to keep our eyes out to see what comes next, and how the changes might impact the substitute experience. What do you think will happen next?