Stranded Students Return Home

The latest on students from Shropshire and Leicester who were stuck in New York, as a result of Superstorm Sandy.

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No flight for schoolgirls stuck in New York

The 38 schoolgirls stuck in New York on a school trip still do not know when they will be able to fly home.

They are unable to travel to Washington to catch their flight as public transport has ceased to operate until further notice following the devastation of superstorm Sandy.

The girls have been 'doubling up' in their hotel rooms and have each been given $40 by the school for food.

The children have each had their clothes washed at a local launderette.

For more on their experience of one of the biggest storms in living memory click here.

Leicester girls in New York struggling to get flight home

The 38 schoolgirls from Leicester on a trip to New York are struggling to get home.They were supposed to fly from Washington but are now trying to get a flight from New York which is proving difficult.

The hotel is getting overcrowded so the girls are having to double up in rooms.

Leicester South MP John Ashworth, who took the girls on a tour of Parliament, has offered to help in any way he can


Council comments of wellbeing of students stranded in USA

Shropshire Council comment on wellbeing of students stranded in New York because of Hurricane Sandy.

The safety and wellbeing of our pupils is everyone’s number one concern, and I know it’s been a worrying time for parents who are seeing the images of destruction on the television news.

We are told from the group leaders in New York that the worst of the storm has passed, and apart from some high winds the weather is not actually too bad.

All the pupils are in good spirits and are being well looked after, and parents are being kept up-to-date by the schools regarding when their children will be flying home.

– Councillor Cecilia Motley, Shropshire Council Cabinet member for education and skills
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