MENU
component-ddb-728x90-v1-01-desktop

Chariho parents upset children were left at Town Hall during storm

Chariho school administrators said they are investigating why a school bus driver dropped off children at Richmond Town Hall during Friday's nor'easter. (WJAR)

Some parents of students in the Chariho Regional School District want to know why a bus driver dropped off children at Richmond Town Hall during last week's nor'easter.

Chariho superintendent Barry Ricci said the bus driver failed to follow instructions after severe weather brought down trees, which led to blocked roads.

Ricci said bus drivers were told to drop off students at one of the elementary schools if roads were impassable. For some reason, one bus driver left students -- who were in grades six through 12 -- at Richmond Town Hall instead of the elementary school across the street where staff was waiting to help students.

A parent told NBC 10 News that his son was among a group of kids stranded outside until a Town Hall employee let them in.

Parents want someone held accountable.

"To leave someone's children unattended and tell them to call your parents and get a ride home is, I think, incredibly wrong," said Steven Shaw, a parent of a high school student.

Shaw said his son was part of a group of students stranded outside until a Town Hall employee let them in.

"We certainly apologize on behalf of the district. I don't want anyone to think we didn't have a plan. We did have a plan. It wasn't well executed, obviously, in this case," Ricci said.

Ricci said the district is working with the bus company to investigate why the bus driver made the decision to drop off at Richmond Town Hall.

Some parents also questioned why the district didn't close school Friday, or at least call for early dismissal.

"When we thought about early dismissal the thoughts that went through our mind were that we would have very young children at home and their parents might not know about it," Ricci said.

close video ad
Unmutetoggle ad audio on off

Trending