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It was Y2-chaos in Newport Beach
this week as a district computer called
parents--all night long Monday--telling
them their kids weren't in school that day.
The glitch was the result of a Y2K
upgrade, said Alan Engard, interim
director of information technology for the
Newport-Mesa Unified School District.
The district uses an automatic
computer system to call the parents of
middle and high school students who have
been marked absent.
The system is normally programmed to
stop calling at 9 p.m., Engard said. But
after a Y2K systems upgrade, done by
Williams Communication in Santa Ana,
which created the system, the shut-off time
was not reprogrammed.