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Parents upset over school switch in Enfield

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The following photo of Alicia Worster was provided by her family. The following photo of Alicia Worster was provided by her family.
ENFIELD, CT (WFSB) -

One family's plea to keep their daughter at school with all of her friends.

School officials decided to move 16-year-old Alicia Worster because of a major construction project at Enfield High School, but her parents said the move could be devastating for the teenager.

Alicia Worster has made tremendous progress, according to school officials and her parents. Jeff and Pam Worster were told she would never walk or talk, but next year, she will be graduating from high school.

Alicia Worster is part of her school and wants to graduate with her friends.

"She is part of society," Pam Worster said. "And she has every right to be a part of society."

Her parents said moving her will severe a bond that's taken years to create.

"In her mind this is what friendship is," Pam Worster said. "I don't want to see that taken away from her."

Alicia Worster was born with a rare brain disorder, but she was on cover of her yearbook at Enfield High School.

Jeff and Pam Worster were told this week Alicia Worster would be moved with six other special needs students to Fermi High School starting next school year. 

"If you are going to make a change that's having such impact, get the people involved with the students involved in that conversation," Jeff Worster said.

The students were moved because of a huge construction project. Superintendent, Dr. Jeffrey Schuman, said the school felt the disruption and noise that will be going on for the next two years would be difficult for the special needs students.

"There may be notice minute to minute," Schuman said. 

Alicia's parents said they feel they should be part of any decision involving their daughter. They said children with developmental disabilities don't adjust well to change. Jeff and Pam Worster said it took three years for Alicia not to shy away from her classmates, and putting her in a strange school could destroy some of the progress they've made.

"I am going to lose my connection with my child on a daily basis if she is not with the children she knows," Pam Worster said.

Schuman said they made the decision to move the students because they thought it would be best for them. Now after hearing from at least one family, they said this may be a bad move. Schuman said they want to meet with all the parents to come up with the best solution for these kids.

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