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Students stuck at West Seneca school due to storm

Posted at 6:26 PM, Jan 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-06 19:16:18-05

As of 3:00 a.m., all 46 students in question from the West Seneca Central School District are now safely home after being stuck on their school buses for countless hours due to heavy lake effect snow yesterday. Meanwhile, the district continues to face some tough questions. 

UPDATE | Superintendent: We handled things appropriately 

We're told West Seneca Police assisted administrators in making sure all students were returned home safely once contact was made with parents.

News first broke of delays after the district took to their webpage alerting parents and families of the tough commute across many areas after a 12:30 p.m. dismissal, "Due to the heavy snow we have been experiencing we have many buses that are running extremely late, all buses are accounted for and all children are safe and warm."

By 8 p.m., the conditions continued to worsen leaving many roads impassable, forcing yet another update by the district, "Due to road conditions, students will remain in the schools and are not being loaded at this time...will make decisions on transport once we are given the all clear."

By 9:15 p.m. students were still not home, buses were still stuck and families were still in wonder. Another update revealed 3 buses: West Seneca Bus 510, West Seneca Bus 550 and West Seneca Bus 519 were all still held up in weather-induced traffic. Students, however, some students had been removed and taken safely to Allendale Elementary were they were supervised by teachers and other staff members. 

By 10:45 p.m. the school released yet another statement siting moving traffic, alerting parents that students at West Elementary and Allendale remained at their respective schools, however buses would not be transporting them home. Parents were permitted to pick their children up. For all other children, they remained under the supervision of the district.

West Seneca School district, among others, remains closed today.