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Bus drops Jefferson County first-grader at closed day-care center

November 30, 1999|By DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. ? Jefferson County Schools officials are trying to determine why a first-grader from North Jefferson Elementary School was dropped off at a closed day-care center along Border Road during Wednesday's snow, a school system spokeswoman said Thursday.

Students were dismissed from school early Wednesday due to the snow and someone called North Jefferson Elementary to inform officials not to drop the girl off at the day-care center because it was closed, Jefferson County Schools spokeswoman Gail Woods said.

For some reason, the message was not passed along to the girl's bus driver, Woods said.

When the bus driver arrived at the day-care center, the driver assumed the center was open because cars were parked outside, Woods said.

The 6-year-old girl was dropped off at the day-care center, Woods said.

A neighbor of the girl recognized her and took her home, Woods said.

"It could have been disastrous," Woods said.

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Woods attributed the incident to a miscommunication.

"They're still investigating who was at fault, if anybody," Woods said Thursday night.

The girl's mother could not be reached for comment.

Two similar incidents were reported recently in nearby Maryland school systems ? one each in Washington and Frederick counties.

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