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Security measures at the forefront at local elementary schools

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A 5-year-old girl is safe Tuesday after being taken from her Philadelphia, Pennsylvania elementary school.

A school district spokesman says a woman claiming to be the girl's mother went to the school and signed in at the front door Monday.

But the spokesman, Fernando Gallard, says the woman then went straight to the classroom to get the girl and did not stop at the front office.

He says the teacher let the child go.

(See "Philly girl taken from school found outside city")

So, the question many Tri-State parents are asking is, What if this happened at one our local elementary schools?

Monroe Elementary School Principal Julie Stratman says they're constantly trying to find ways to tweak and improve their security measures.

If a parent wants to come and pick up their child early, they must call ahead of time and then come in the school and sign them out.

Stratman also says, if a grandparent or family friend picks the child up, they must first have confirmation from the parent and they check ID's of the person picking up the student.

Coming up tonight on WGEM News at 5 and 6, hear more from Principal Stratman on the security measures they have in place. Also, hear from an elementary school parent on if she feels schools are doing enough to keep kids safe.

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