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School district responds after kindergarten mix-up

SCHENECTADY -- A local school district responded on Thursday after a young child accidentally spent the day at the wrong school.

According to the Schenectady City School District, they received a phone call from the parent of a Howe Elementary kindergarten student who did not return home on the bus on Wednesday. The police were called, and after investigating, it was determined that the child, a 5-year-old girl, had spent the entire day at Yates school.

The Superintendent tells CBS6 that the person who calls on attendance issues at Howe Elementary was out that day, so a call was not made to the parent.

Apparently, teachers and administrators at Yates had been expecting a new student, and asked the Howe kindergartner by name if she was the new student. She reportedly confirmed that she was, and continued to respond to the name throughout the day.

On Thursday, the district released an account of the events, as well as an explanation of what they believe went wrong, and what is being done to fix it.

"While the student did impersonate another student, which didn't raise any red flags, the situation has brought to light some other serious issues that need to be addressed on our end," said Superintendent Larry Spring.

Superintendent Larry Spring also told CBS6 that policies have already changed where a new student that is registered into the district will have his or her photo taken so the staff will recognize the student.

The child's mother Patricia Rodriguez says, that while she acknowledges putting her daughter on the wrong bus, she also says she recognized the bus and the substitute driver from another time she sent her daughter to school.

You can read the full text of the statement here: and Account-031314.pdf.
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