Sierra LaMar: School Districts Alert Parents Earlier When Children Absent

In the wake of Sierra LaMar's disappearance, schools notifiy parents earlier about absences.

By Lisa Fernandez
|  Tuesday, Apr 24, 2012  |  Updated 10:19 AM PDT
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Schools Notify Earlier When Children Absent

If you have any information about Sierra LaMar please call 408-808-4500 after hours 408-299-2311 or the anonymous tip line at 408-808-4431. Text messages can be sent to 408-421-6760. Email tips to: tips@sheriff.sccgov.org.

In the wake of a high-profile missing teenager case, the Morgan Hill Unified School District this week started telling parents in the morning, as well as the evening, if their children don't show up to class, according to the Mercury News.

The district's automatic calling system will notify parents of any unexcused absences at 10:30 a.m., according to the newspaper, in addition to the previous 6 p.m. notification.

(See the superintendent's letter here)

Sierra LaMar, who attended Sobrato High in the district, was last known to have been on her way to the bus stop at 7:30 a.m. on March 16. Her mother did not get a phone call about the absence until that evening, and so, many crucial hours regarding her 15-year-old daughter's whereabouts were lost.

According to the Mercury News, Los Gatos-Saratoga High School District sent a note to parents earlier this month that administrators will send out a lunch-time notification if any student is reported absent during a morning class. A second notification will be sent out later in the day.

In Palo Alto, elementary school families are notified immediately if their children are not in school, but in high school, parents get notifications later in the day, according to the newspaper.

Contact Lisa Fernandez at 408-432-4758 or lisa.fernandez@nbcuni.com. Follow her at Twitter.com/ljfernandez.

Here's a report from Marianne Favro on some parents whose children have also been abducted.

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