Alexandria Schools changes bus procedures after incidents with kindergarteners
Alexandria City Public Schools revised its bus procedures following two incidents in which kindergartners were let off when they should not have been.
Superintendent Morton Sherman said in a release that he had found “some system-wide issues at several levels” and had ordered changes that make it easier for adults and kids to identify the buses they are supposed to be on and where they are supposed to get off.
He also said “disciplinary action has been taken where appropriate,” presumably in the case of earlier this month of 5-year-old Gavin Salinas. He was put on a bus even though he was supposed to stay at school, and then dropped off in a neighborhood he didn't know. Kids found him wandering the streets and helped him.
A second incident occurred last week when another kindergartner, a girl, was allowed to leave a bus at her bus stop when her mom wasn’t there to get her. It is the district’s policy that kindergartners must be met at the bus stop by an authorized adult.
There have been different versions about what happened in this instance, but Amy Carlini, district spokeswoman, said the bus driver then saw the mother walking to the stop, realized the mistake and drove the mother back to the stop. Officials were able to piece together what happened with the help of a video taken on the bus.
Here are the new regulations:
*All kindergartners will leave school with stickers (or another form of ID) indicating that they are kindergartners.
*Every bus now has a large animal sticker on the window nearest to the door. Students who have trouble remembering their bus numbers may find it easier to remember their animal.
*Bus drivers have signed a letter of procedures which affirms that they will not drop off any kindergartner unless a parent or someone designated by a parent is at the bus stop.
*A work group of bus drivers, administrators, teachers, parents and after school child care providers will meet to revise division-wide procedures for school arrival and dismissal to ensure the safety of all children.
| October 29, 2009; 11:18 AM ET
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