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Parent Speaks out on Repeated Problems with Burnley-Moran Aftercare

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va (WVIR) - A woman in Charlottesville says she's fed up with her son's after-school program at Burnley-Moran Elementary.

Wednesday, on the first day of school, when Natasha Henson tried to pick up her son, he wasn't there. What's worse, she says staff members didn't know where he was.

She went to pick up her 6-year-old son Jaheim at the after-school program, but he had already been sent home on the bus without her knowledge. She says when she asked, staff didn't know where he was.

When Henson's son arrived at home, she says by chance her niece was there to pick him up, but wasn't expecting him and called Henson to let her know Jaheim was safe.

The Burnley-Moran principal says she has apologized and is working to make sure this doesn't happen again.

Henson says she's frustrated because this is the fourth time this has happened in less than a year and third time this has happened at Burnley-Moran and says she wants to keep this from happening to other parents.

"It's the worst feeling as a parent to, in your mind, think you know where your children are, to know that your children are supposed to be sheltered and protected, and then get there to get them and they're not there and there's no explanation to where they're at,” said Henson.

"Transportation, myself, and our after-school program have already talked, all of us, to make sure this doesn't happen again. It was the miscommunication piece of it because we knew where he was, but it wasn't the plan that was set for him to go home,” said Dawn LoCasale, principal at Burnley-Moran.

LoCasale says she has given Henson her personal phone number to make sure no miscommunications happen in the future.

Henson says the other two mix-ups at Burnley-Moran happened last school year when her son was taken to Charlottesville High School without her knowledge, and on another occasion was left at the school by the bus and had no way of getting home.

She says she doesn't know if this has happened to others, but she wants to see this trend come to an end.
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