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Hamlet students and teachers need assistance returning from hike at Hidden Falls Ranch

This past Friday, a group of Hamlet Elementary fifth graders and teachers needed assistance returning from a hike at Hidden Falls Ranch. Hidden Falls Ranch is located on the south rim of Palo Duro Canyon.

Amarillo ISD officials notified parents of the incident around 2:30 pm on Friday. The students and teachers were originally scheduled to arrive back at the school at 3:30 pm, but did not return to Hamlet until 8 pm.

"For years, Amarillo ISD elementary students have experienced outdoor education field trips at various locations throughout the Panhandle. On Friday, while at Hidden Falls Ranch, a group of Hamlet Elementary 5th graders and teachers needed assistance returning from a hike.

"Hidden Falls staff, District administrators, and first responders assisted the group out of the canyon and thankfully everyone was safe. First responders immediately provided snacks, water, and minor first aid before the students returned home.

"The safety of students and staff is the top priority of AISD, therefore we are currently assessing all processes and procedures related to future outdoor education trips," the Amarillo ISD said in a statement.

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