Special Needs Transportation

2 dismissed after disabled student left on bus

Posted on January 24, 2014

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.

Other recent news about students left on the bus:

2 children left on North Dakota school bus

Related Topics: aide/monitor, driver training, Missouri, post-trip child check, wheelchairs

Comments ( 1 )
  • Geoff Bridgman

     | about 3 years ago

    It would be nice to know how a driver AND a monitor could miss a 19 year-old student in a wheelchair! The article says nothing about how this could have happened. What did the monitor and driver have to say for themselves? There was a more in-depth article in the Kansas City Star, but that article also failed to say what exactly happened. I can't understand know how anyone could make such a glaring error.

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