Wednesday, August 8, 2012
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Gwinnett Daily Post
SUGAR HILL -- A school bus driver who allowed a 5-year-old student with autism to get off at the wrong stop has been taken off the route while district officials review the employee's training.
Sloan Roach, a spokesperson with Gwinnett County Public Schools said the student, who attends Sugar Hill Elementary, "was put on the right bus, but got off one stop early" on the way home from school on the first day.
Added Roach: "Instead of going to the daycare down the street, he got off at a nearby apartment complex. When the bus got to the daycare center, the school was notified. At that point, the school began the process of looking for the child, while an adult at the apartment complex (where the child was) used information that child had to contact the parents."
Roach said the school principal has met with the parents "to review steps to ensure that this never happens again."
Meanwhile, a new driver has been put on the route and a buddy system has been implemented for the student, who has now been assigned to the front seat behind the driver.