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Provo School District looking into new parent notification system

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Posted at 7:36 PM, Apr 17, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-17 21:36:28-04

PROVO, Utah – After a 14-year-old girl went missing on Monday, the Provo School District is re-evaluating their policies on when to notify parents that their child is not in school.

Charice Beaumont left for school on Monday morning at 8:30, but her parents weren’t notified that she wasn’t at school until 3:30 that afternoon. She was found on Tuesday morning.

The district decided that for next school year, parents will be contacted by phone if their child is absent by the end of second period, or by 10 a.m. for elementary school students.

“Part of the system would be that in an emergency, where we’re doing a lockdown, or fire evacuation or something like that that is out of the ordinary, we would actually kick this in too, to be able to start calling parents, let them know,” said Dr. Greg Hudnall, Provo School District.

They’re also looking into ways to send emails and texts to parents as well.