Bay district school officials apologize after a second grade student was left on a school bus for the entire day Wednesday.
District officials said the student fell asleep during the morning route and never got off at school. They said the bus was parked at an area high school for the day. School officials said when the driver returned to the bus just after 1:30 p.m., the driver found the child still on the bus.
The bus driver is suspended with pay. Husfelt said he is extremely dismayed by the drivers lack of attention to bay district schools protocol which requires a seat by seat check at the end of every route.
“Words cannot express how sorry I am that something like this happened. I simply cannot imagine how this little boy’s mom felt when she got that call and I just can’t excuse something like this. What I can tell you is that this is an isolated incident, which doesn’t make it any less awful, and I can tell you that our bus drivers work very hard each day to care for our children but this is simply inexcusable,” said Husfelt.
Husfelt said the driver would face disciplinary action up to, and including, a recommendation for termination.The incident is currently being investigated by Mike Jones, the district’s Chief of Safety and Security.
The district has not released the student or drivers names or which school the student attended.