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Bus driver mistakenly takes Rockville student with special needs to Baltimore

The student has since been reunited with family.
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Going back to school is very different for students in 2018 than for any generation before.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. -- Montgomery Co. officials say a student with special needs from Montgomery Co. public schools ended up in Baltimore on Wednesday afternoon after a major mishap.

According to police, the Rockville High School student boarded his bus between 3 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to be dropped off at his home in Silver Spring. However, for unknown reasons, the student never got off at his stop and the bus driver and bus aides continued their normal route to Baltimore where it usually drops off another student.

When the bus driver and aide arrived in Baltimore and noticed the boy was still on the bus, they alerted school officials, police said.

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About the same time, the boy's parents called the school to report their son missing, according to officials. The school system realized their mistake and the student's parents drove to Baltimore to reunite with their son.

According to Montgomery County Public Schools Spokesperson Derek Turner, there is a provision in Maryland school regulations that allows the student from Baltimore to attend Rockville High School.