The Lincoln County R-III School District issued the following statement concerning a youth left in a bus following their investigation.
“The Lincoln County R-III School District is disheartened by the situation on Tuesday morning (March 20). where a student enrolled in the Early Childhood education Center was not escorted off the bus. After a thorough investigation, it was concluded that the child was on the bus unattended for approximately 2.5 hours. We are relieved that the student was found unharmed and returned safely to the care of family.
“While employment decisions and personnel matters are confidential, administration has noted that the following policy set forth by the board of education in the transportation handbook was consulted. The policy states “Drivers are expected to check the interior of their buses before and after each bus route for passengers, vandalism, and general condition changes. Leaving a child on a bus unattended is a substantial safety violation and will result in the driver’s immediate loss of employment with the district.”
Additionally, the district has implemented additional procedures to allow for increased safety and will continue to review all practices and procedures for any areas of improvement
An employee located the child while the bus was parked on district property and notified the director of transportation immediately. The student was promptly evaluated by district nursing staff and reunited with family.