LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. — Two staff members at a state school here were dismissed after a disabled 19-year-old student was left on a school bus earlier this month.
The incident occurred on Jan. 10. Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education officials said that the bus driver and an aide left the nonverbal student in her wheelchair on the bus during the school day and found her on the bus at the end of the day.
School staff gave the student fluids and checked her vital signs before taking her home.
The state education department’s area director started a full inquiry into the incident to determine what happened and whether there were any other employees involved. Officials said that the supervisor and the building administrator will evaluate the procedures used for taking attendance and checking students into and out of the school each day.
The school reported the situation to the child abuse and prevention hotline run by the Missouri Department of Social Services. It was deemed a Type 2 or non-emergency incident.
The two staff members were employees of the school and the bus company that serves it. Both were dismissed from their positions.
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