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5-year-olds slip out of Clayton Elementary in Englewood, walk to 7-Eleven

School staff placed on administrative leave
Posted at 7:17 PM, Mar 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-16 23:40:32-04

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — District officials are investigating how two 5-year-old girls managed to slip out Clayton Elementary school without any staff members noticing.

An unknown number of staff members were placed on administrative leave pending an investigation, officials said.

According to a release from Englewood Schools, the two kindergartners walked out the building following their scheduled "special time" Thursday afternoon. They were later found safe at the home of a relative of one of the students.

The school was made aware of the missing girls after the students' teacher alerted administrators of the girls' absence from class.

The two girls walked from the school, located at 4600 South Fox Street, and made their way to a nearby 7-Eleven.

A clerk at the convenience store told Denver7 he saw the girls wearing backpacks inside the store, which is located four blocks east of the school at the intersection of West Tuffs Avenue and Broadway.

Soon after leaving the 7-Eleven, they walked to a home where a relative of one of the students notified the school of the girls' location.

District officials said because of this incident they are reviewing many of their policies regarding student supervision at all of its schools.

"In addition to the district’s investigation of this incident, all of our supervision processes and protocols at both district and school levels will continue to be examined carefully and thoroughly to ensure this never happens again," a district statement read.