(WICHITA, Kan.) — A Wichita mother blames a bad bus policy that left her six-year-old daughter home alone. Now, she wants parents to know about it.
At issue here... is at what grade level a child can be dropped-off, without an adult present. According to the state, there's no set age for when a child can be left at home alone. It depends on the circumstances. But the Wichita School District and the mother you are about to meet... have two very different answers.
Six-year-old Sydney and her little sister feel safe riding bikes in their close-knit neighborhood. It was a caring neighbor who called Sydney's mother last week after the first grader was dropped-off here.
"I felt sad,” Sydney said.
But no one was home.
"I would consider that neglect, honestly, because there's no adult there,” Heather Flaherty said.
Flaherty says she had made plans for her daughter to go to Latch Key after school. But she says Sydney's teacher and a Latch Key worker at Christa McAuliffe Academy didn't ask why Sydney didn't show-up at the after-school program.