Mom: Daughter, 6, was able to trick school into letting her go home sick

The mother of a 6-year-old Chatfield Elementary student said her daughter was found Monday wandering around her neighborhood for two hours after the school just let her walk out the door during class.

Auri Ogden said she had every intention of bringing her concerns to Tuesday night’s school board meeting, but that will have to wait until the board’s Feb. 17 business meeting because no public comment time is allotted during the board’s work session meetings.

Ogden’s daughter went Monday to the nurse not feeling well, Ogden said, but was sent back to class after the girl posted a normal temperature.

The girl told her first-grade teacher, “I’m going home. My mom is going to pick me up,” Ogden said, and the teacher packed Ogden’s daughter’s backpack and let her leave the class.

“I realize that my daughter lied,” Ogden said. “But I don’t think the seriousness of this situation should be overlooked.”

The girl was found crying in the street by her babysitter, who lives a block from the Ogden residence, a couple hours after she walked out of school, Ogden said.

Andy Laase, executive director of elementary schools, said he is still gathering information about the incident, but no one at the school saw the girl leave.

“We’re not sure which door she left from. The girl didn’t check out,” Laase said. “The teacher thought she went to the office to check out.”

Laase said under district policy, students must be released to a parent or guardian, and students usually are sent to the school office to do that.

Ogden said she was not called by the school at any time during the incident, but the teacher should have verified her daughter was allowed to leave.

“She believed the word of a 6-year-old, and she shouldn’t have,” she said.

Ogden said she is not seeking disciplinary action against the teacher.


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