WESTFORD (CBS) – A school bus driver in Westford has been fired for not following standard operating procedures when the school superintendent’s own grandson was left on the bus.

School Superintendent Everett Olsen got a concerned call Friday afternoon from his son wondering where 5-year-old Tyler’s school bus could be. The bus was 45 minutes late.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Bernice Corpuz reports.

“I called out to his bus and was informed that he missed the bus stop. The driver actually took him back to the bus lot, not knowing at the time that he was on the vehicle,” said Olsen. “Situations like that just simply can’t happen. It’s an important message to all school bus drivers in Westford and the state of Massachusetts everywhere that you’ve got to be overly cautious.”

The boy was never left alone on the bus, but the bus driver was supposed to check each seat at the end of each run, before going back to the bus lot.

“Because kindergarten children tend to be small, they can’t be seen over the tall seat backs. Obviously, (the driver) did not follow that procedure,” said Olsen.

Olsen said his grandson was not hurt, but the boy knew he missed his stop.

“I just told him that make sure if anything like that ever happened, just start yelling to the bus driver that the driver missed the stop,” said Olsen.

After a meeting with the school bus company, the driver was dismissed.

Comments (3)
  1. Emmit066 says:

    It’s a shame that someone had to lose their job over this, but we have read too many times of children being left in a school bus and the tragedies that have happened because of it. Had the driver followed a simple procedure before returning to the lot, they would have found him easily & could have corrected things before it was too late.

  2. Sue says:

    The bus driver never left the child alone and checked the bus when back at the lot. Do most parents get to call the superintendent when there is a problem? Also, was the father waiting outside at the bus stop for the Kindergartener? I think there is special treatment in this case. Must be nice.

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