While student pickup went well on the first day of school, drop-off was less than perfect.
A delay in the dismissal procedure at the middle school backed up afternoon runs at the elementary schools. Some students at Sowams, Primrose Hill and Nayatt arrived at their bus stops 30 or 40 minutes later than expected. Some parents reported buses running an hour or more late.
“I expect delays (the) first week but my sons were an hour and 15 minutes late from Primrose yesterday. They got home after 4 p.m.,” wrote one local mom in a discussion on the Barrington Times Facebook page.
“It was a few buses, not every one,” Mr. Messore said, adding that some of the Hampden Meadows students were aboard buses “much longer than we’d want any student to be on a bus.”
Mr. Messore sent out an e-mail to school officials and parents on Monday night, addressing the issue.
“We had a good start with the opening of our schools today. Unfortunately, this afternoon’s busses were delayed at the middle school during dismissal time, which delayed the busses district wide. Throughout the afternoon, I was in direct contact with the principals and the bus company. My first priority is to ensure the safety of our students and to prevent this from occurring again,” he wrote.
More delays were reported later in the week, although none as long as those seen on Monday.
Beside the busing issue, Mr. Messore said the first week of school went well — he said he stopped by the high school on Monday morning and was very impressed with how smoothly students had transitioned back to class.
He said he also stopped by the elementary schools and visited about 90 percent of the classrooms.
“Some teachers already had students working in groups,” he said. “I saw some very good interaction between the teachers and the students.”
The superintendent chalked up the strong start to the relatively short summer break and the hard-working teachers.
“The teachers came back in good spirits,” he said.
“Our success starts with our teachers and leadership at the schools. That is the core of our success.”