Those kids turn up, often at friends' houses, but not before parents justifiably worry, and school and law-enforcement officials spend time and resources trying to find them.
With the use of a GPS-enhanced tracking system and coordinated bus passes, the district will be able to tell when and where students got on and off school buses.
Transportation director Randy McKie said the school district will not monitor the students but will use the system only when a student is reported missing.
"We can immediately know where we can start looking for that child," he said during the December school board meeting. "Seconds count in that situation. This would give us instant information."
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