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Old 03-28-2012, 01:58 PM
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I don't know, it seems like it wasn't particularly all on the bus driver that dropped her off, this time. It seems like everybody was in the wrong (except the kid and her mother). The school, the daycare providers, both bus drivers, etc.

ETA: I still can't open the article
OH yeah... I don't think it's all on the bus driver but I know here these days every kid gets dropped off at their door... no more bus stops. (which is extremely irritating when you are driving behind one and they stop at this house and then stop again 3 houses down... it's kind of ridiculous)

I have to wonder how it took them an HOUR to notice she wasn't where she was supposed to be. YIKES.

if someone called me an hour after my daughter should have been somewhere and told me she was missing I would be freaking out lol.
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Old 03-28-2012, 02:00 PM
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there is the article for you Jess

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ATTLEBORO -- The mother of a kindergarten pupil who was dropped off with a neighbor by a school bus driver instead of her scheduled after-school day care said she was "petrified" when she received a call from the day care center asking about her daughter's whereabouts.

Desiree Arriaza, mother of the 6-year-old girl, is scheduled to meet with Superintendent Pia Durkin today to discuss the incident and follow-up actions.

"This is unacceptable," Arriaza said.

She said her daughter, Adriana,arrived home on the school bus March 5 and burst into tears when she realized neither her parents nor grandmother were there to meet her.

According to Arriaza and school committee members, the girl was left with a neighbor, rather than returned to her school as spelled out in school transportation policy.

Durkin said she shares the parent's anxiety, and said she was "appalled" when she was informed of the incident.

The school district has taken action with school employees, along with preventative measures, including holding a policy review for school bus drivers Wednesday at which drivers were told to sign off on prescribed bus procedures, Durkin said.

She said the bus company, H&L Bloom, has also taken action with its employees who were involved.

The superintendent said the bus policy will also be reviewed at a future meeting of the school board's policy subcommittee.

Durkin was not specific as to what, if any, disciplinary measures were taken.

Arriaza said she contacted her daughter's school, Studley Elementary, three times, including sending a note to inform the school that her daughter was starting a before-and-after-school care program beginning March 5 at Markman Day Care Center and would be riding a bus to and from the center, rather than home.

On the first day she was scheduled to attend, the girl took the bus from day care to the school. But when school was dismissed, she boarded a regular school bus bound for her home on lower County Street.

Neither Arriaza, who works in Boston, nor other members of her family were home at the time because they expected the child was being delivered to day care.

About 4:30 p.m., an hour after school dismissal, Arriaza said she received a call alerting her that her child did not arrive on the bus for day care. She said she called the school but did not get an answer.

Several minutes later, Arriaza said, she received a cell phone call from her neighbor, who she knows only casually, stating that she had her daughter.

The child's grandmother was notified and came to stay with the girl, who was unharmed, until her mother arrived home.

Arriaza said school officials were well informed before the fact and bear part of the responsibility for the mixup. However, she said her daughter is embarrassed and is blaming herself for the hubub.

"Responsibility means one thing when you're dealing with adults," she said. "But we can't expect of 6-year-olds the same things we expect of adults."
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Ohh it's not even like she had been getting dropped off there the whole time, it was a new thing.

Yah, here, you get dropped off at a bus stop, and your parents don't even have to be there to pick you up.
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Old 03-28-2012, 02:18 PM
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Ohh it's not even like she had been getting dropped off there the whole time, it was a new thing.

Yah, here, you get dropped off at a bus stop, and your parents don't even have to be there to pick you up.
just makes me wonder ... is there no one at the school that helps 5 year olds get on the right bus? i know my kindergarten teacher did. We lined up and we went out to the buses together. 5 year olds weren't expected to find their own way... they are 5 year olds, they dawdle, get distracted, get lost...
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just makes me wonder ... is there no one at the school that helps 5 year olds get on the right bus? i know my kindergarten teacher did. We lined up and we went out to the buses together. 5 year olds weren't expected to find their own way... they are 5 year olds, they dawdle, get distracted, get lost...
We got passes to show the bus driver for the first few weeks, that basically just said the bus number (1, 2 or 3) and the buses were in order lined up, it was pretty fool proof

ETA: That's in like grade 6, before that I went to a school across the street so I obviously didn't take a bus
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Getting on the wrong school bus happened to me three years in a row. In kindergarten, grade one and grade two. It was terrifying when it happened; but I got over it like right away because my parents didn't make a big deal about it in front of me. It's not something to make it to the papers though. People today. >,<
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Old 03-28-2012, 02:26 PM
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We got passes to show the bus driver for the first few weeks, that basically just said the bus number (1, 2 or 3) and the buses were in order lined up, it was pretty fool proof

ETA: That's in like grade 6, before that I went to a school across the street so I obviously didn't take a bus

thats a pretty good system

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Getting on the wrong school bus happened to me three years in a row. In kindergarten, grade one and grade two. It was terrifying when it happened; but I got over it like right away because my parents didn't make a big deal about it in front of me. It's not something to make it to the papers though. People today. >,<
I agree the parent shouldnt' make a big deal in front of the kids... it just gives them something more to be scared of and it shouldn't be national news lol

But I can't blame the mother one bit for being terrified or feeling like it was her "worst nightmare" at the time

kid is missing... you have no idea where they are or even if they got on a bus at all. every parents worst nightmare... the mother didn't know the child got on the wrong bus at the time. only that she didn't make it to where she was supposed to be and no one at the school was answering the phone
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I think its probably the unknown that was the nightmare, not knowing what was happening.
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I think its probably the unknown that was the nightmare, not knowing what was happening.
Thank you... that's what I was trying to say with all my long winded-ness LOL

the worst nightmare was not that the child got on the wrong bus... it was that the child was missing and for a time NO ONE knew where she was
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My oldest son got left at the school by accident his first week in Kindergarten, there was a substitute teacher and she did not fully know who rode the bus, he went out and played on the playground with other kids so when we showed up panicked the office did not know where he was. I was quite upset. But the school did take measures to prevent it in the future, hopefully it worked!
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