Updated: February 20, 2013 2:04AM
WAUKEGAN — A late start for one Waukegan school Friday turned into an emergency after a 7-year-old was dropped off early.
He was lost for a few hours while other kids milled around outside the locked school that wasn’t open because of a late start scheduled due to Thursday night’s anticipated storm.
The youngster was found a few hours later. Waukegan police said the young boy was never in danger and that he went to a friend’s house and then back to school at the correct time.
Carman-Buckner Elementary at 520 Helmholtz St., was not due to open until 11:15 a.m. Friday because the district called for a late start because of severe weather, which petered out. The morning kindergarten classes were canceled and the afternoon class had normal hours.
“In anticipation of inclement weather, Waukegan Community Unit School District 60 will operate under a delayed start schedule on Friday, December 21,” read the school’s Web site. “In observance of the delayed start, each building will begin its day roughly two hours later than normal.”
A similar message was sent to the home through the school’s alert system and through social media.
Police tried contacting school officials after they found a half-dozen students walking around in the blustery weather because the school was closed.