Oxford first-grader left on bus after drop-offs

school+bus+generic+cropped+apBy Errol Castens

Daily Journal

OXFORD – Officials with the Oxford School District said a student in the district was left on a bus after morning drop-offs on Tuesday.

The student, a first-grader at Bramlett Elementary School, appeared to be unharmed when found on the bus, school district spokeswoman Kelly Graeber said.

“The bus driver had driven to our bus barn, and the student was still on the bus when the driver went inside,” she said.

The driver left the bus running with the heat on but failed to make a sweep of the bus, a required safety measure put in place to avoid just such incidents.

A mechanic walking by the bus about 15 minutes later saw the child tapping on the window and notified school officials.

“The heat was on, and the child was never in jeopardy,” Graeber said. As soon as the student was discovered, the child was returned safely to the school, she added.

“The student’s parents were notified immediately,” Graeber said. “The Oxford School District is investigating how this incident happened and taking necessary steps to ensure that it does not happen again.” She added that district officials reviewed safety procedures with all school bus drivers Tuesday after the incident.

Graeber said because the incident involves personnel privacy issues she was not at liberty to disclose the driver’s name or to discuss any actual or potential disciplinary action.

errol.castens@journalinc.com