Questions over child walking home from school in icy conditions

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by HEATHER KOVAR / KVUE News and photojournalist J.P. HARRINGTON

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Posted on January 29, 2014 at 6:44 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 30 at 10:03 AM

AUSTIN -- Parents are still fuming about the confusion surrounding school delays and cancellations during Tuesday's ice storm.

One parent said school workers told her nine-year-old he could walk home from school.

Joanne Blando said she was shocked when, after her husband dropped off her son at Old Town Elementary, the boy arrived back on her doorstep.

Blando said a teacher told her son to go ahead and walk home from school and have his mother bring him back to school later. Their home is one mile from the school, and the boy's walk home included crossing a busy intersection.

Blando said her son showed up at home, soaking wet, and with another little boy in tow who asked if he could stay there. She said she called the other boy's parents immediately, and that the school should have called her.

"Yeah, I should have definitely gotten a call. But the district sent out an email specifically stating that the kids that are en route or already at school would be taken care of. So, absolutely, I was shocked at the lack of judgment in allowing my nine-year-old to walk home in the elements in such crazy conditions," Blanco said.

Blando said she loves the school and has never had any trouble. She called the principal, who apologized. However, she also said she thinks the district's late decision to delay schools put teachers in awkward situations.

Round Rock ISD took KVUE's calls and responded right away saying they will look into why this happened.

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