HAMILTON, Va. (WJLA) - Vicki Frye put her 11-year-old daughter Courtney on a Loudoun County School bus at 9:53 a.m. on Tuesday morning. Two hours later, the phone rang.
"I got a phone call that my daughter was not in school today," explains Vicki.
The automated phone message was followed by an email from Harmony Middle School, again indicating that her daughter was absent.
"She is in 6th grade, so I know she was in school today -- so I obviously panicked," says Vicki.
Meanwhile, Courtney was actually stuck on the bus less than a quarter-mile away from her home in a snowy, muddy, mess on the a dirt gravel road.
"We were going up the hill and the bus started to slide," says Courtney. "I didn't know what do, I was wondering what my mom was thinking."
"We didn't get any phone calls making us aware of this and when I tried to call my kids I couldn't get through to them, so I was very worried," adds Vicki.
A tow truck was called, and eventually it pulled the bus out. Courtney and her fellow students arrived for classes at 12:15 p.m., according to a school spokesperson, who told us by phone that out of the system's 800 school buses, six were impacted this morning.
Three buses were held captive by accidents which occurred ahead of the buses, and the others were affected by bad road conditions due to weather.
But still, neither Courtney nor her mother Vicki are very happy about how the school handled the situation:
"I think they could put a quick message and say, so they don't panic," says Vicki.