2nd Child In 6 Months Left On Plano ISD Bus

By Jane Slater, CBS 11 News

PLANO (CBSDFW.COM) – For the second time this school year a Plano ISD student has been left on a bus instead of being dropped off at school.

The child was found Thursday afternoon at the district’s bus barn.

The district has not released the name of the child, but said the student was a four-year-old special needs child who didn’t make it to Isaacs Early Childhood School.

The child was picked up from their home around 11:45 am Thursday and discovered by a second shift bus driver at 2 pm.

A bus driver and assistant on the bus have been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

Plano parent Tiffani Lewis said she was in disbelief. Her son, four-year-old Nick, was found stranded on a bus in the district’s bus barn in late October. Lewis said her son had been there for over three hours.

“The (transportation director) said he was going to make sure it didn’t happen again and it did in less than six months,” said Lewis.

Lewis said the bus driver in her son’s case also failed to drop her son off at Isaacs Early Childhood School and when she reviewed the bus surveillance video she said her son was in plain sight.

She said her son was seated three rows behind the driver and could be seen moving around and, at one point, coughing.

Lewis said something more needed to be done by the district. She said this latest incident, happening so soon after her son’s, was unacceptable.

  • Scott

    Why are taxpayers paying to bus 4year olds anyway? If I recall, kindergarten doesn’t start until 5 years of age.

    • Dessie

      Hi Scott,
      The report said this was a special needs child. The earlier they get help the better and early childhood programs start much earlier than 5 years.old.

    • skr

      Really? That’s the first place your mind goes with this story?

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  • kat

    I bet this poor little one was in pre k. I also imagine this little child was scared beyond belief.

  • 2sister

    Dessie, you are correct. Also, busing a special needs child is usually a requirement in there IAP.

    • 2sister

      Oops. I meant IEP.

  • 2sister

    Actually it sounds like he was in PPCD. It says that he was a special needs child. That probably means he had some kind of disability. It’s very scary to think of him all alone in a bus.

  • Sherrie

    How difficult is it for the driver to make a quick walk up and down the bus when they take it back to the barn so kids aren’t left stranded? How difficult is it for a parent to check the back seat of their car when they get out so that kids aren’t left to die in hot cars? I don’t get it. . . .

    • 2sister

      It isn’t difficult, but sometimes people forget to do this. If you are caring for children, you have to be extra diligent to make sure this doesn’t happen.

      • rd

        Sorry, that’s not an excuse. It’s a school bus driver. Their jobs are KIDS. You make sure KIDS are not left behind. If I remember correctly from the last incident, they set up a rule that the driver has to walk the bus to make sure no one is still there. Sad that you have to make a rule to do something that’s common sense, but obviously this moron didn’t do it. And any parent who “forgets” their kid in the back seat of the car needs to have the kid taken from them because they are obviously unfit to breed.

      • 2sister

        I didn”t say it was an excuse. I was just saying that it happens, and that you have to be extra diligent to make sure it doesn’t.

  • Wayne

    When you hire a 400 pound GORILLA to sit behind the wheel of a bus…they are not trained to do much more than that.

  • FedUPTxn

    Plano ISD also has NO problem leaving special education students at an EMPTY home in the afternoons even in elementary school! I’ve been fighting this issue with my child for years! His father’s neglect seems to be no one’s concern! And yes, four year olds receive services through the state called “Early Intervention”. It’s necessary to get them up to speed with their peers and to prevent disruptions in class later, particularly for autism.

    • rd

      If you know the father is neglectful, why would you depend on him? Make other arrangements! It’s not the school’s responsibility to make sure there is appropriate supervision at home. That’s the parent’s job!

      • 2sister

        You’re right it is the parents responsibility to arrange for child care, but it is still irresponsible for a bus driver to drop off a small child if they can see that no one is home.. This is especially true if the child has a disability.

  • BeenThereDoneThat

    I hope these parents are filing a complaint with the Texas Education Agency (TEA). I plan to. Plano schools also have NO problem violating the law, parent’s rights and the child’s rights when it comes to IEP and ARD meetings. Wise parents should always take a tape recorder to these meetings because PISD will keep vital conversations from ever getting into the meeting minutes! They recently made it appear that I wasn’t even present at one!

    • 2sister

      Is it legal to tape the meeting? Could you be violating privacy acts by doing this? I realize that you are probably talking about your own child, but from what I’ve heard everyone at the meeting ARD meeting has to abide by these privacy acts. I’m not criticizing. I just read something on it in my studies, and was kind of confused about how that works.

      • 2sister

        Oops. I apologize for putting meeting in the sentence twice. I had been rewriting, and forgot to delete one of them.

  • apisdmom

    Is it legal to tape record an ARD meeting?

    • 2sister

      I don’t know. There are certain privacy laws. You would probably have to check with a lawyer who specializes in this.

  • Wayne

    If my child was left on a bus…..you idiots would be in prison WITH ME

  • billy

    Is it LEGAL to kill someone??!!
    ONLY….. if you are sentenced to die by lethal injection, by a drunk illegal mexican driving the wrong way on the freeway, or by some stupid ass black that can’t make $$ selling dope..

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