Parkview student safe after bus stop confusion

Mar. 07, 2013 @ 09:14 PM

A student at Parkview Elementary is safe at home with his mother after an unfortunate series of events on Wednesday.
Wednesday afternoon, the boy was dropped off at his home when he was supposed to take the bus to an after-school program at the Boys and Girls Club.
Cynthia Robbins Shah-Khan, director of communications for Guilford County Schools, said the boy rides one bus to school and a different bus in the afternoon to the Boys and Girls Club.
“It’s not clear what happened to cause the confusion,” Shah-Khan said. “GCS does have procedures in place. Bus drivers don’t leave Pre-K through third-grade students (at the bus stop). An adult needs to be there.”
Shah-Khan said the boy’s teacher said she put him in the line for the bus to go to the after-school program. The bus driver has been with GCS for eight years and does not remember seeing the child on the bus.
“If she did, she would’ve made sure an adult was there or taken him back to the school,” she said. “Our top priority is the safety of our students.”
The boy was outside his home for a period of time with temperatures around 40 degrees and strong winds.
The school system is still investigating the situation and procedures at the school level.