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Child left on bus for 3 hours prompts resignations, school policy changes

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Superintendent Will Wells Superintendent Will Wells

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A 5-year-old child left alone on a school bus prompted immediate policy changes in Oldham County.

Two school employees resigned after a child in preschool was left on an Oldham County school bus for more than three hours, according to Superintendent Will Wells.

The incident occurred Monday, April 21 when a parent arrived to Oldham County Preschool to pick up a child. 

When staff members informed the parent the child wasn't there, school personnel notified Oldham County transportation employees who found the 5-year-old boy still buckled in a childproof harness.

The school bus dropped off students at 11:30 a.m. and proceeded to the Oldham County bus compound where the driver parked it, Wells said.

It wasn't until 2:30 p.m. until transportation staff located the child.

School personnel contacted a school resource officer to assist in the situation. The student also received a medical evaluation, according to Wells.

"This is a very serious situation and we are grateful that the student is okay. We have reached out to the family of this young student from the beginning and are doing everything we can to restore their trust and confidence in us," Wells said.

State and district regulations require drivers to check their buses before exiting.

The bus driver, Gregory Clickner, and monitor, Sharon Machi, resigned as a result of the incident. Clickner was hired in November 2012 and Machi was hired in September of 2010, according to Wells. 

"They were very apologetic. They admitted they did not clear the bus as they were trained to do," Well said.

Administrators changed its preschool absence policy on April 22, the day after the child was left on the bus. Previously, parents were not called about an absent child until two days of absences. From now on, staff will follow up with parents if children are absent that morning.

"We have reached out to the family of this young student from the beginning and are doing everything we can to restore their trust and confidence in us," Wells said.

An Oldham County Police investigation continues regarding the incident.

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