Ruby Taylor of Iowa is reinstated by an arbitrator after her firing for allegedly abusing a special-needs student in 2015. The district wants the decision thrown out, citing evidence of abuse and neglect.
The New Jersey substitute driver and aide dropped off the 11-year-old girl, who is nonverbal, at a home located nearly 3 miles from her own home.
A California school bus reportedly T-bones a car, critically injuring the driver of the car. The students suffer minor injuries, and the bus driver and two aides are unharmed.
The Kentucky mother says that she had requested monitors on the buses before, but there wasn’t one aboard during the alleged sexual assault of her son, who is severely autistic.
Monica Burke of Colorado is facing 24 counts of felony assault for allegedly beating a student with severe autism and spraying aerosol cans in his face.
Anthony Corona of California, who had autism, lost consciousness and died after an episode in which he became agitated. The bus driver and aides reportedly tried to calm him, performed CPR, and called 911.
All school bus drivers and aides in the state have to go through the training program, which was mandated by a bill passed last year.
An IEP in 2014 for Emily Quandt of Minnesota stated that she needs a trained person to ride the bus with her to administer medication for life-threatening seizures, but she rode the bus alone last year due to a lack of district staff. An aide will ride on the bus with her this year.
Parents call the driver and aide heroes for their actions during the 2015 incident. The driver drove to a safe place and gave information to a student who called 911, and the aide helped students as they waited for police to arrive.
James Lambert of Florida, who was caught on school bus surveillance video slapping a student with autism in 2014, is sentenced in June to 11 months and 29 days of jail time.
The legislation does not specify whether the restraints would have to be lap-shoulder belts or whether lap-only belts would suffice.
In his 20 years of overseeing pupil transportation in the state, Love has worked to standardize school bus driver training and build centralized systems for driver records and bus contracts.
Fights, bullying, and other inappropriate behavior have prompted a proposed bill from a grandparent that would require monitors and seat belts on every school bus.