New safety rules in place after 2 kindergartners walk out of school
The Fall River school department issued a report Wednesday on an incident two weeks ago in which two young students walked away from a school.
The report outlines new safety policies and a timeline of events. The school department's timeline has the two kindergartners missing from the Fonseca Elementary School for about an hour on March 5.
The report states one child accompanied the other to see the nurse, then to the main office, where a clerk sent them back to class.
But the girls instead went out of the building through a door near the classroom at about 1 p.m.
At 1:20 p.m., the principal was notified that they were missing. Ten minutes later the principal got into her car to search the area.
About 15 minutes after that police were called.
A woman spotted the girls walking a few blocks away, eventually figured out what was going on, and at 2:10 p.m. the girls were back at school.
Keri Lafleur's daughter, Alivia, was one of the missing girls. She told NBC10 she is satisfied with the report and new rules the schools are putting in place as a result of the mishap.
Lafleur said, "Something needed to change. The safety of the kids is the number one thing. And it's just so scary that something like that could happen. It's just horrific for any parent to get a phone call like that."
The report states that new rules are in effect in all nine of Fall River's elementary schools.
Kindergartners, first graders, and second graders must now always be with an adult when walking in the school.
All classrooms up to fifth grade will have sign out sheets and students will have specific hall passes.
The report mentions buying exit door alarms for the schools at a total cost of $30,000.
And surveillance cameras at Fonseca which had not been working for months have now been fixed.
"Something like this should have been in effect before. It's just sad it took them this long," Lafleur said. "I'm very upset as to how it was handled, but due to what they are doing and things that they're putting in place, I'm going to make sure that it's put in place and things are running or else I'm going to be on top of certain people about it."