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Metal-chain link fence added to Pasadena Elementary playground following missing student incident last year

When students returned to Pasadena Elementary in Pasadena earlier this week the school playground looked a little different with the addition of this metal-chain link fence.
When students returned to Pasadena Elementary in Pasadena earlier this week the school playground looked a little different with the addition of this metal-chain link fence. - Contributed

When students returned to Pasadena Elementary in Pasadena earlier this week the school playground looked a little different with the addition of a metal-chain link fence.

The $17,500 fence was installed last month. The Newfoundland and Labrador English School District said the fence has been erected to provide a barrier between the play area and the wooded area near the school.

Installing the fence came in response to an incident at the school last September where a kindergarten student walked away from the school property unnoticed during a lunch break.

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The school board said the intent of the fence is to serve as a deterrent for students who may think about entering the woods and as a support for teachers and staff when engaging students in outdoor activities on the playground as it allows the adults to closely monitor both ends of the fence for any potential wandering students.

The design of the fence, said the board, allows for visibility, longevity and low maintenance.

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