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Hartford school guidelines outlined after 4-year-old walks out of school

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Milner School (WFSB file photo) Milner School (WFSB file photo)

The Hartford Public School District is explaining how their safety procedures were not followed after a 4-year-old girl walked right out of her school without anyone noticing.

On Monday, leaders of the school met with parents to discuss their failure to keep a student safe.

Last week, Aniyahlee Rodriguez was sent to the office at Milner Elementary School for an early dismissal, but when she didn’t see her mom there, she simply walked out the door.

On Monday, the school district released their early dismissal policies, which show how a mistake like this should have never happened.

First, Rodriguez should have never been sent to the office before her mom arrived.

A guideline states that only after “the parent/guardians arrival to the main office will their student/students be called down for early dismissal.”

Also, given the girl’s age, her mother was supposed to pick her up in the classroom, not the office.

The guidelines state “Parents of students in Pre-K and Kindergarten will sign in to the main office and then proceed to their child's classroom to pick up their child. Parents will then be required to sign their child out in the dismissal book in the main office.”

Neither of these guidelines were followed, as Rodriguez's mother was still at home when her daughter suddenly showed up at home.

Fortunately, a Good Samaritan spotted Rodriguez outside in the surrounding neighborhood and took her home, but this is a mistake that Milner parents will likely never forget.

The interim superintendent declined to comment on the matter, and a district spokesperson said he can’t discuss whether or not anyone has been or will be disciplined because it is a personnel matter.

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