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Oklahoma City elementary school tightens dismissal policy after kindergartner tries to walk home

A 5-year-old student who wandered alone from Heronville Elementary in Oklahoma City is OK after police found him at a convenience store five blocks away.
BY ZEKE CAMPFIELD Modified: August 3, 2012 at 8:42 pm •  Published: August 4, 2012

A southwest Oklahoma City elementary school is tightening its dismissal procedures after a kindergarten student tried to walk himself home after his first day of school.

Police were called Wednesday afternoon to a convenience store at 800 SW 24 after a caller reported finding a 5-year-old boy who looked lost and did not know his address.

The boy had slipped away from staff at Heronville Elementary, 1240 SW 29, and was attempting to walk home when he was spotted by a concerned delivery driver.

“His grandmother was coming to the school so they missed each other in passing,” said Kathleen Kennedy, a school district spokeswoman. “They had walked to school that morning together, and he went home without waiting for her.”

Police said the boy was taken to the store by the delivery driver, and it is unclear how far he walked alone. The store is five blocks north of the school; the route includes two major street crossings.

Kennedy said the school has established a more secure dismissal procedure. Prekindergarten and kindergarten students at Heronville will now be held in a designated area after school is dismissed until a parent or guardian picks them up.

Only one student will be dismissed from the designated area at a time, Kennedy said, and staff members will be required to maintain visual contact with the student until they verify he or she has been picked up by an appropriate party.


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