CANTON, Mo (WGEM) — Canton R-V School District officials are investigating an incident of a child being left on a school bus and walking home.
School officials stated that on Monday at approximately 8 p.m, school administration learned that a kindergarten student was left sleeping on a school bus after the conclusion of the bus route at approximately 4:20 p.m.
The parents of the student reported that the student was able to get off the bus through the front exit and walked approximately 8 blocks to his home, where his mother found him at approximately 4:45 p.m.
Officials stated that school administration was able to quickly confirm that the bus driver had not completed the required post-trip inspection of the bus and that the student was sleeping on the bus when the driver exited.
Officials stated the student was then left unsupervised for approximately 25 minutes from the time he woke up until the time he was discovered at home.
Superintendent Jesse Uhlmeyer stated, “The safety of our students is our number one priority at Canton R-V School District. Unfortunately, on March 11, one of our kindergarten students was unsupervised for approximately 25 minutes after falling asleep and being left on a district-owned school bus. The student was able to exit the bus and walked home, where he was later discovered by his mother. The District is cooperating fully with all outside agencies who are investigating this incident. Our bus drivers work very hard every day to care for our children and make sure that they arrive at their destination safely. After learning about the incident on March 11, the District has taken several steps to ensure that this situation does not occur in the future.”
Officials stated the matter is currently being investigated by the Canton R-V School District and other outside agencies.