Sunnyside parents claim uninformed of emergency situation - Tucson News Now

Sunnyside parents claim uninformed of emergency situation

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Following this morning's Desert View High School bomb scare, some parents voiced that they had an issue of being uninformed of the potential emergency situation.

The school was evacuated earlier today because a threatening note was found, and the district decided to send the students home for the day, police said.

Mary Veras with the Sunnyside Unified School District says they've had parent complaints that they didn't get a call following the release.  Sunnyside's response is for parents to make sure their emergency contact number is up to date.  Otherwise, they may not get that call.

Sunnyside says the district decided to send students home after TPD determined that it could be a four to five hour wait before students could return to class.  

The school used an automated system to call the emergency contact for all 2,200 Sunnyside students. 

The following ParentLink message was sent through the Sunnyside Application:

"This is an urgent message from Desert View High School.

"A bomb threat was received at Desert View High School this morning. The Tucson Police Department (TPD) has directed that the campus be evacuated so that TPD can conduct its investigation. Our students' safety is always the top priority for Sunnyside Unified School District. Students are being released to go home, as it may be several hours before the evacuation will be lifted. Buses have been dispatched to transport students home. Desert View students who are normally picked up after school are being transported to Gallego Basic Elementary School, 6200 S. Hemisphere Place for Parent pickup.

"We will provide updates as information becomes available."

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