Late school delay causes concern among parents

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AFTON (WBNG) — School delays are a common way to avoid unsafe roads, but what happens when a delay is announced after buses have already picked students up?

This was the problem facing the Afton Central School District Thursday morning, as the district called for a two-hour delay just minutes after many of its middle and high school students had been picked up by the district.

Parents told 12 News some of the students were returned home, but some of the students were brought to the school where they had to wait out the delay.

One parent said she had a message for the superintendent.

“I just would like him to take into consideration we don’t all live on main roads. You might have an easy route to the school but the rest of us don’t,” said Haley Hubbard, who has two daughters in the high school.

12 News repeatedly reached out to the district’s superintendent, Timothy McNamara, but he refused to comment on the matter.

Hubbard estimated between 75 and 80 percent of the students live on rural back roads like she does, which can make reaching students difficult when the roads are bad.

Hubbard said her road wasn’t plowed until an hour and a half after her daughter was originally picked up for school. She did say in her experience, the district’s bus drivers have always done a good job of navigating potentially dangerous roads.

Josh Rosenblatt

Josh Rosenblatt

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