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Student with autism found dead in school bus

A 19-year-old student was found dead in an empty school bus in California, and his family believes he was left in the bus all day. He was severely autistic and nonverbal, and may have stayed on the bus because he was waiting for a cue, family members say.

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Kindergartner left alone on bus found wandering street

A 6-year-old girl in Jerome, Idaho, who fell asleep and was left alone on her school bus for about two hours, left the bus and walked for about half a mile before a firefighter found her. The girl did not appear to be injured.

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Child-check safety kit

The Minnesota School Bus Operators Association has developed a training tool to remind drivers to check their bus for sleeping children.

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1,100 school bus drivers, attendants train in ‘Safety Expo’

Houston Independent School District’s back-to-school transportation training program includes hands-on drills in railroad crossing safety, gang awareness, student management, hurricane preparedness and other topics. As Transportation General Manager Nathan Graf puts it, “It was not your typical training.”

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Bus driver takes special-needs student to wrong school

A Hillsborough County (Fla.) Public Schools driver did not conduct a sweep of the bus after transporting students to their elementary school, and didn’t see the 9-year-old child sleeping on one of the rear seats when the bus stopped at the school. The driver continued on to pick up more students and transport them to their school, and, 40 minutes later, noticed the child and took her back to her school. The district is conducting an investigation.

The Driver’s Child Check Safety Kit includes nine posters with slogans like “Children Need Protection! Do Your Post-Trip Inspection.”
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MSBOA offers school bus child-check safety kit

The Minnesota School Bus Operators Association develops a training tool to remind drivers to check their bus for sleeping children. The kit includes nine posters with slogans like “Children Need Protection! Do Your Post-Trip Inspection.”

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Driver, monitor resign after special-needs student left on school bus

The preschooler is picked up in the morning and is discovered at the Kentucky district’s bus depot in the afternoon, still seated in the bus. The district has changed its policies to help prevent future instances of children being left on buses by requiring preschool staff to check the buses, in addition to the drivers and monitors.

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