Vernon Superintendent of Schools Mary Conway on Wednesday issued the following statement regarding a Tuesday bus crash in Manchester involving agriculture education students:
"This is an update on the bus accident which occurred yesterday afternoon, September 17, 2013, in Manchester involving Rockville High School Agricultural Education students living in Bolton. Transportation for these students is provided by the Bolton Public Schools through First Student of Manchester.
"The Vernon Superintendent’s Office was informed yesterday afternoon that a bus transporting Vernon Agricultural Education students had rolled into a van on Main Street in Manchester. We were informed that the collision was very low impact with minor damage to the bus and no reported injuries to students. The bus was able to transport the students home. Some parents picked up their students at the scene.
"However, after reading a news story this morning, we realized that there was much more involved in the accident that had not been communicated to us. Our biggest concern is the safety of our students. Even though this bus was not a Vernon bus it was transporting Vernon Agricultural students. These students that live in Bolton are Vernon students. Their safety is our responsibility from when they leave their home in the morning and until they arrive home in the evening.
"We are working closely with Superintendent Heckt of the Bolton Public Schools to investigate this further. We want to ensure that this never happens again."
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