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November 05, 2010  |   Comments (5)   |   Post a comment

Deaf student dropped off at vacant house


OMAHA, Neb. — The Omaha Public Schools transportation department will review its policies for dropping off students with special needs at their homes during future safety meetings following an incident last month wherein 11-year-old Jayman Washington, who is deaf, was dropped off at vacant house. 

On the day of the incident, Washington stayed after school for basketball and took a special-needs bus that he usually doesn’t ride. The driver had not received a notice that Washington’s family had moved a week before and dropped the boy off at his old residence.

Trevis Sallis, director of transportation for the school district, said the driver violated policy, according to a story on “In this case the employee did not wait until the student got in the house or a party welcomed the child so that’s why we had a student left,” he said.

After waiting outside the vacant house for some time, Washington began to walk home. The boy’s mother, Randi Clark, became concerned when her son didn’t arrive home on time and on a hunch drove to their old residence — on the way, she found Washington.

Sallis did not reveal to the news source whether any disciplinary action will be taken against the driver, but he did say that employees will now be reminded that special-needs students need to be watched going into their homes or be welcomed by a parent or guardian before the bus drives away.

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There is more to this story than they want you to believe. This is an 11 year old who cannot hear. This child is not dumb and should be aware of its surroundings especially after have been moved for over a week. This child should have been able to communicate with the aide or driver that this is not the house they live in. Why the dept. wants to blame the driver is its easier to replace the driver and put the blame on someone else besides the supervisors who shouls have informed all the special needs drivers. This is a typical case of mis-management and nothing more.....

Herb    |    Nov 16, 2010 04:00 PM

This is a prime example of a driver who didn't follow proper procedures. Special needs drivers are trained not to leave the child alone. Drivers have to be sure that the child enters the residence, or that someone is there waiting on them when they arrive. Most drivers have enough common sense to realize when something doesn't look right. All the driver had to do in this case was take a few moments to contact the bus shop for more information. Had they done that, the child more than likely would have been taken to their new home, and this would have stopped this incident cold. Parents of all children make an assumption that the driver will know exactly where their child needs to be dropped off. Most primary drivers will know, but what about a sub driver who doesn't, or hasn't driven that particular route much? Parents need to be sure the childs correct address is placed on the child or in something they carry with them to school. This will help any driver who may have questions, or run into problems.

Kevin Byrom    |    Nov 09, 2010 04:52 PM

Sure it's always the drivers fault. Always.

Julie    |    Nov 09, 2010 03:27 PM

Way to many ignorant mistakes here people!!!

Lisa    |    Nov 09, 2010 02:11 PM

It seems to me that there was two errors in this situation. 1. Information about the students new address was not supplied, and, 2. The driver did not make sure that someone was there or that he could even get in the house.

Andy Softley    |    Nov 08, 2010 12:27 PM

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