Search Called Off For Infant Boy Reported Missing From Sydney School

Reports of a young boy missing from a school may have been a false alarm.

NSW Police spent much of Tuesday investigating reports of a boy, said to be aged between five and seven years old, spotted alone in the street near the Pennant Hills Primary School.

Parents had reported seeing a young boy running from the playground after a game of handball. It sparked a search including police dog and helicopter units.

However, 10 daily understands the boy may have gone to a nearby relative's home, after missing the bus to the school's swimming carnival.

"Following a detailed check all students are accounted for," a Department of Education spokesperson told 10 daily.

"The school will be reminding all students of the rules around leaving the school premises."

Police said school officials had done headcounts to confirm whether any child was unaccounted for.

The school is holding its swimming carnival at a pool at Hornsby, which police said complicated the headcount process.

The school referred enquiries to the NSW Department of Education.

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