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Oct 23, 2013 9:10 PM by Sam Salzwedel

TUSD vows to improve emergency communications

TUCSON - The city's largest school district vows to improve communication in emergency situations.

Parents at Santa Rita High School were upset about a lack of information from Tucson Unified School District when the school was locked down.

Mike Cecil had 2 kids on campus Wednesday.

"They make you stand in line for 2 hours to register your kid every year. They could probably get your cell number," Cecil said. "I feel like maybe there's not a solid plan for how to deal with situations like this. And it seems like they're unfortunately more and more common, that they should probably have a plan for how to deal with situations like this."

TUSD spokesperson, Cara Rene, addressed dozens of parents waiting outside Santa Rita's gates Wednesday.

"I understand when you're' standing out here and you're feeling like you're not getting what you need," Rene said. "That's why we're working on a better system. We absolutely are."

TUSD does not have a text message alert system for parents. Some districts, including Flowing Wells, have alert systems, along with the University of Arizona.

Rene said they just had a meeting about that type of situation Tuesday.

Wednesday's lockdown was triggered by a neighbor's report that they saw someone with a gun or knife. Nothing was found.

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