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Students with special needs left behind by school bus in Hartford

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Some students at Burr School missed the first day because they didn't have a bus. (WFSB) Some students at Burr School missed the first day because they didn't have a bus. (WFSB)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

A student in Hartford who has special needs was left at home after the school bus driver was a no show.

Fifth grader Larry was supposed to start at Burr Elementary School in Hartford on Tuesday, but he’s still at home with his dad after his school bus didn’t show up.

“This is something he counts on, this is how he gets associated and active with other people,” said Larry’s dad, Donnell Williams.

Williams said his son Larry has Autism and heavily relies on a daily routine, and when the bus driver didn’t show up, he called Larry’s teacher who has taught his son for four years.

On Wednesday, Eyewitness News learned that Larry wasn’t the only student who didn’t get picked up.

“I think she said she had nine or 10 students, and only four were in there,” Williams said.

Other students who have special needs are being left behind, unless their parents can drop them off. That isn’t an option for the Williams family.

“My wife works and we don't have a car, one of us has to be home with him because he's not going to be able to get to school without a bus driver,” Williams said.

Eyewitness News called the bus company, which said some bus route lists weren’t provided from Hartford’s Board of Education department.

The Board of Education gives bus routes to the transportation company.

Larry goes to school year-round, even in the summer, and Williams said all was well until the start of the new school year.

He said this is the fourth year that this has happened, and he just wants his son to get back to a routine.

“To make sure we have him ready when he needs to be so he can be in school and learn the things he needs to learn,” Williams said.

On Wednesday, the school district said the bus request has been processed, adding “we’ll need one more day to begin the service, so this student should be receiving transportation by Friday morning." 

The spokesperson said a group Burr students were not properly identified for transportation purposes.

On Wednesday evening, Williams told Eyewitness News that the bus company notified him, saying Larry will have a bus starting Thursday morning.

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