Lydiksen Elementary School is reviewing safety measures after a 5-year-old boy was able to slip through a chain-locked fence at the campus last week.
The story made the rounds in local news and social media over the holiday weekend after the boy's mother reached out to a Bay Area TV news station and described how her son managed to squeeze through an apparently unsecured gate during recess on Aug. 30.
The mother, Cristina Peterson, told KGO-TV/ABC7 that she learned about the incident from another parent, which made her "wonder if the school would have disclosed this to me" otherwise.
Neither the boy nor any other student actually left campus property that day, according to school officials.
Lydiksen principal Jacob Berg said maintenance staff are assessing the site for potential security upgrades. Berg also credited staff on supervision that day for ensuring "no students left campus or were harmed in the gate and fence area."
"It was brought to our attention last week that there were safety concerns related to a gate and fence area on the Lydiksen Elementary School campus," Berg said in a Sept. 2 letter to the community. "The issue with the gate and fence area was resolved, and the Pleasanton Unified maintenance department will evaluate the area this week to determine if even more improvements can be made."
According to Pleasanton Unified School District spokesman Patrick Gannon, a teacher's aide "spotted the student squeezing through a locked fence" and told a teacher from another classroom about the incident.
The chain used to lock the fence was tightened by removing eight links soon after to prevent more students from passing through, Gannon said.
"The school has since discussed the importance of communicating incidents such as these to families in a timely manner," Gannon told the Weekly. "However, we hope to not have students attempt to leave campus in the future and have taken measures to prevent this from happening moving forward."
PUSD said no similar past events have been reported, but Peterson reported that several parents contacted her "to share their support and tell me that they had concerns with the school in the past." She did not share details about the nature of those concerns.
"Campus safety is always of primary importance on our campus, and we take the supervision of all of our students very seriously," Berg said. "We will continue to work diligently as a campus staff to maintain a secure campus at all times."