SALEM – Oregon schools will soon be required to notify parents before the end of the school day when a child is absent.
House Bill 3197 has been approved by the House and Senate and just needs to governor’s signature to become law, which was expected.
A Medford-area lawmaker sponsored the bill after Kyron Horman disappeared. The boy, who was 7 at the time, vanished after going to a science fair at his school at 8:45 a.m.
Kyron was last seen at 9 a.m. on June 4, but his family did not learn that he was marked absent from class until he failed to get off the school bus at 3:45 p.m. Police said that likely hurt their search efforts.
Many school districts already have automated attendance notification systems, including Portland Public Schools.
Kyron’s school, Skyline Elementary, was not using the system at the time of his disappearance. But all Portland schools are now required to use it.
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