Apple Valley Unified School District
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Investigation ongoing regarding student left on school bus
Apple Valley, CA- On Tuesday, August 23, a preschool special-needs student was discovered to have been left on a bus at the end of the school day. Another bus driver discovered the student approximately an hour after the bus route had concluded. Thankfully, the student was unharmed. Parents were immediately contacted and the child was taken home. The student is now back in school and using district transportation.
District officials immediately contacted the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and are cooperating with their investigation. Full details are still being determined pending investigation.
A refresher training course was held the following morning to reiterate the district’s transportation procedures. Further measures have been put into place to ensure that this does not happen again.
Words cannot express how dismayed we are that this occurred and how seriously we are taking this incident. The safety of our students is our top priority. The bus driver has been placed on administrative leave and we will continue to work with law enforcement to ensure that appropriate measures are taken.