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Portland mom says daughter, 6, sent home from school sick without permission

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A Portland woman says her 6-year-old daughter was sent home sick from school with a fever, and without her permission, staff wound up driving her home when they couldn’t get a hold of anyone to pick her up.

Amanda Stanich says this all happened last Thursday morning at Gilbert Park Elementary.   

She tells FOX 12 she thought her daughter was safe at school where she was dropped off, and had no reason to think otherwise.  So, when her daughter showed up at home hours later with a stranger, she was floored.

“I was thinking it’s really weird for a staff member to just bring her home without consent from me, or anyone else, or why they hadn't contacted me,” said Amanda Stanich.

Stanich says the school claims they called her, but she checked her phone and didn’t see any missed calls, or have any voicemails. 

Meanwhile, the school left a message on Grandma’s phone at 9:50 a.m.  She says she was in an appointment and didn’t get the message. Before she could call back, some 40 minutes later, two staff members drove the eight blocks to take the little girl home.  

Stanich says they also put her in their car, without the proper booster seat.

“I talked to guy who brought her home, and he said he brought her home because he felt that we lived so close to school it would have been fine,” said Stanich. “I don’t know why they took my daughter out of school to try to bring her home, when they didn’t even know if I was here.”

“I mean what if I wasn’t home, or something had happened to them on the drive over, we would have had no idea,” she added.

The David Douglas School District says they are aware of the situation and are working with the family to sort things out.  While they couldn’t comment on the specifics, they say in general:

“When a student gets sick or hurt at school, all contact numbers are called in an effort to reach parents or guardians. If we are unable to reach anyone, typically the student is kept at school until someone can be reached. On the rare occasions when a student is transported, they never ride alone with one staff person.”

Stanich claims staff told her they've done this before and have yet to receive any complaints.  She now wants other parents to be aware of what happened. 

“I talked to the principal today, and she said they are pseudo parents and can make decisions for our children when they are at school,” said Stanich. “I don’t feel that’s safe for my child, and I don’t want them to make decisions for my daughter.”

Stanich says she’s pulling her daughter from the school because of what happened and is now working with the district to have her placed somewhere else. 

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