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Late buses cause students to be stranded on field trip for hours

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Dee DeQuattro

The Warwick School Department is investigating a matter where middle school students had to wait three hours for their bus home from a Boston Field trip.

Dennis Mullen, Director of Secondary Education for Warwick Schools said the students from Gorton Junior High School were on a trip to the Boston Museum of Science last Friday. When it was time to leave, the buses, operated by First Student, was nearly three hours late.

"The teachers and the chaperones did a magnificent job," said Mullen. He said they fed the students while waiting for the buses to arrive. In addition the school used the Connect-Ed system to contact parents to let them know the group of approximately fifty kids (two bus loads) would be returning late. The students were meant to return to Gorton middle School at 3:30 p.m. but did not arrive back until 6 p.m.

In addition Mullen said the school made an arrangement to extend a school dance scheduled that evening for the students who were delayed by the field trip.

Mullen said the school department is continuing to look into what circumstances could have caused the buses to be late. Mullen said the issue is a "transportation issue" and he was pleased with how the school handled the situation.

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