SACRAMENTO, CA - A south Sacramento elementary school changed its policies and procedures after a young student wandered off campus Wednesday afternoon.
School officials said the 6-year-old girl was found safe and sound about 100 yards from Prairie Elementary School but her mother wanted assurance from the school district that it wouldn't happen again.
STORY: Mother asks how daughter, 6, wandered away from supposedly locked campus
Elk Grove Unified School District spokesperson Elizabeth Graswich said administers reviewed current policies and procedures Thursday morning and put new ones into place immediately.
Parent Noel Carthen said she's glad the district took responsibility.
She said her daughter, Nadilynn, was supposed to be checking into her after school Fast Track program Wednesday afternoon when she slipped away unnoticed by supervisors.
School officials said she was found by another mother in Hite Park about 20 minutes later.
"During that time, what happens with the after-school program is that as the 200 students are entering, they are being checked in by their attendance and that attendance is being crosschecked with the daily attendance. So it had not been caught yet, but it would have been caught," said Graswich.
Typically, the after-school program kids are supervised by two teachers but in light of the incident, Graswich said four adults will now watch over the group.
There are around 1,000 students who attend the closed campus school and Nadalyn walked away after hours when doors and gates are opened for students to leave. Graswich said.
She feels the new policy will be enough to keep kids in check, but encourages parents to be vigilant.
"We're pleased that the little girl was found safely and one of the parents did the right thing and returned her to the school," said Graswich.
Carthen said school officials also told her the students will be lined up farther from the school's entrance.
Courtney Carlmark, CCarlmark@news10.net