“…I was made aware of the situation on Sunday after someone shared a Facebook post with me, and I contacted the mother on Sunday night. After talking with the mother and discussing the situation with school and district personnel on Sunday night, it was determined that we allowed the student to get on the bus that he normally rides to be with other family members, when he was supposed to go the mom’s house. (He alternates buses each week.). Our transportation department reviewed the bus videos from the day of the incident and from the previous week. The student went the same direction that he went the week before, so it was assumed that he was going to his family’s house.
I have apologized to Mrs. Senters, and I am very thankful that Mrs. Smith picked up the child after, I assume, that his other family members were not home because they were not expecting him. Unfortunately, we made a mistake that MUST be corrected moving forward. We have discussed the situation with all personnel that were involved, and if necessary, someone will hold his hand to put him on the correct bus every day.
Our current process includes a roll call after students get on the bus at the West to make sure every student is on the bus that is supposed to be on the bus. Since the student told us that he was going to other family member’s house on that day, he was allowed to ride the bus. (Again, this is the other bus he rides when he is going to another family member’s home.) Moving forward, if the mother wants to call the school secretary every single day, along with his bus note, she is welcome to do so. If she cannot get anyone to answer, she can text me since she has my cell phone number, and I will relay the message to the appropriate school staff personnally. I can’t fix the past, but we want to make it right going forward.”