By Emory Bryan, The News on 6
TULSA, OKLAHOMA -- Tulsa Public Schools is urging parents to pick up their children promptly at the end of the day - or risk having them turned over to police or the Department of Human Services.
Some Tulsa schools are re-distributing a letter, first issued last year, warning that any child left unattended without notice for more than 30 minutes is at risk of being turned over to police or DHS.
Assistant Chief Dwight Jackson of the Tulsa Public Schools Police Department said it was a big problem last year. Jackson said so far this year, while the department had responded to reports of unattended children, but parents had always shown up shortly after. Last year, he said the department had taken children to state shelters because parents did not show up and could not be contacted.
The letter, signed by TPS PD Chief Gary Rudick, says "the frequency of these incidents is interfering with all other services provided by the school... please do your part to pick up children promptly after school."