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Two Elementary Students Left on a Bus

Two elementary students were left on a USD 489 school bus Monday morning.  Russ Henningsen, USD 489 Transportation Director, told Hays Post that to his

View from the bus camera

View from the bus camera

knowledge nothing like this has ever happened before.

“The bus came back to our bus yard yesterday morning.  The route driver did not follow policy: it’s a policy to walk through the bus to make sure all kids are off the bus.  He did not follow that policy and there were two kids on the bus, it was their first day on the bus.”

Henningsen said that another route driver found the children, helped them off the bus, and took them to school at Washington Elementary.  He estimates that the children were left on the bus no more than 10 minutes.

He added that the bus driver has been terminated for not following policy.  The driver had been with the district for a few years.

All drivers have been retrained on the policies regarding safe transportation of children.  Henningsen declined to release the name of the bus driver.

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  • Tami

    Hays Post doesn’t seem to mind putting names in the paper when someone is arrested, yet they are scared to say who the bus driver is?! Go figure!

    • Hello

      I’m sure they asked but were not given the name of the individual. Hays is small I’m sure we will know before to long.

    • Barney

      HaysPost has a paper?

  • Steel_Door

    Why don’t you post your full name then!

    • T3

      This what happens when there are no qualifications to drive a bus.

  • jasmine

    wow. this had to be scary for the children. first day on the bus and this happens. we have to do better in educating our drivers. maybe develop a system where maybe a kid can wear a wrist band and get scanned when they get on the bus and scanned again when they arrive at their destination. then immediately notify authorities if that 2nd scan is not recorded at drop off. we’re smart enough to figure out some sort of system like this.

    • Hello

      Yes I can understand it being scary for the children and the parent. It sounds like they have a good system and it just wasnt being followed. I mean if we scan kids we are then relying on technology to work at all times. We know that with technology even those systems fail. Plus where will the district get the money for this scanning idea?? Just follow the procedures…. problem solved and those who don’t can see themselves out the door.

      • jasmine

        what is the current procedure? do you know to share with us? thanks.

        • Hello

          It states the procedure in the story…….”it’s a policy to walk through the bus to make sure all kids are off the bus. ” Your Welcome.

          • Mom of 2 boys on a Bus

            If you are hired for a job you should have the knowledge to follow procedures and do some actual thinking and physical activity of walking through the bus to check it instead of relying on technology to rule our lives….I mean really what is this world coming to–just a bunch of lazy a** people relying on a computer to do their job for them. Next you’ll be asking for a computerized system to have the bus drove for the driver so he doesn’t have to do that either. You don’t need to spend money on something that takes COMMON SENSE to do in the first place–it isn’t a hard task!!

          • bunko

            “Next you’ll be asking for a computerized system to have the bus drove for the driver….”

            do you mean “drive” for the driver? if you used your computerized spell check maybe it would help.

          • Mom of 2 boys on a Bus

            I guess I am not perfect like you–but no sorry I make mistakes and don’t catch myself all the time–and I don’t rely on a computer to do my work for me.

          • johnny

            “I mean really what is this world coming to–just a bunch of lazy a** people relying on a computer to do their job for them.”

            ok mom of 2 boys on a bus. what makes you so special that you can’t get your lazy a** up in the morning and drive your kids to school like many other parents do. then we wouldn’t have to waste taxpayer money on bus transportation and incidents like this won’t happen. quit relying on the taxpayers to transport your kids. you could be responsible for your own kids. how about that!

          • Mom of 2 Boys on the Bus

            Okay jerk…..I am responsible for my kids….For your information my boys only ride the bus home afterschool. I do drop them off at school. We live more than 10 miles away from Hays and choose for our children to go to Hays. I pay taxes just like everyone else and part of those taxes benefit our family in this way. So how about that.

          • Donewithidiots

            I too am a tax payer, but here is the catch, I am not a miserable a** hole who calls mother’s who use the school buses to get their kids to school lazy. You are Rude and an idiot. Your comment needs to removed because your ignorance is disgusting. You know who is at fault the man getting paid your tax dollars why don’t you go b*tch at the bus barn or something instead of taking your idiotic frustration about a system that has been intact for YEARS. In conclusion be mad at who you are mad at idiot the federal government who created the public schools who created the bus drivers who get your tax dollars b*tch.

          • Also_a_Mom

            Since you are saying there is a lack of common sense for the adult, what about the lack of it for the kids? If they are old enough to go to school, aren’t they old enough to speak up when the bus is turned off and they are still on it? I do agree that the driver is at fault for not following policy, but what about being responsible for yourself? I do believe that being responsible for yourself can be taught at a very young age. Maybe the kids didn’t want to get off the bus? Either way, if you are responsible enough to get your backpack ready and get on the bus, then you should be smart enough to get off the bus when it is in front of your school.

          • hmmmm

            I do not know what bus this was or who the kids were, but have you ever thought that many of our busses around here transport special education kids, and many of them would not speak up as they may not understand the situation.

            So please before you start making statements such as
            ” then you should be smart enough to get off the bus when it is in front of your school.” make sure you know all the facts.

            JMO

          • Also_a_Mom

            Since it said they were at Washington Elementary I ASSUMED that they were not special ed. I have a autistic nephew and he has been taught that when the vehicle turns off if the driver gets out, then you get out too.

          • Wow..

            Way to blame the victims, Also_a_Mom. It would probably be that simple if the child had one stop – the school. These kids switch buses and I can understand how confusing it were to be for a 5 and 6 year old riding the bus for the first time.

          • Also_a_Mom

            I’m not blaming the kids. Mom of 2 boys on a Bus was ranting about how the driver was a lazy a**, and people should have common sense, etc. I was just pointing out that even though the driver is at fault, the kids didn’t speak up when the bus was turned off? Even at 5 yrs old what “normal” kid would stay on a bus and be quiet after the bus is turned off? Just pointing out that MAYBE the kids were seeing if they could stay on the bus. The story doesn’t publish the ages of the kids. Everyone is assuming that they were 5, but maybe they were 11? Kind of hard to tell.

          • Breebree

            I do not believe as a mother you would blame 2 very young children on their first day for missing their stop. I think all common sense would point to the adult driver that was responsible for all the children on the bus to make sure they get to their destination. I think as a mother you would understand how young kids, the dirt time they do anything, are nervous and excited and tend to do something wrong. I think you are a defending an adult who is PAID for their job to make sure these kids made it to their school or got off at their stop on the way home.

          • Tami

            Would you feel the same if it was your kids that were left on the bus? Just wondering, not trying to offend you or anyone else. We all have rules to follow at work I’m sure. The bus driver had rules in the rule book to check the bus and he did not follow the rules. End of story….

      • jasmine

        where will the district get the money for this scanning idea???

        well they found money for the FAST building and money for new sodding of football field and money for new turf at the baseball field. i vote that money could have been used for a scanning system to further safeguard out little ones–don’t you think?

        • Hello

          FAST was suppose to be all donated money which as we know wasnt. I would rather see the teachers get the money where it is well deserved. This was probably a new driver and thought they could get away with skipping a procedure and looked where it got them….fired.

  • Concerned Parent

    Yikes. Good decision — immediate dismissal. With this heat, it could have been a really bad situation. If I was their parent though, I’d be skipping the bus option for sure.

  • hmmmm

    Thjis is a simple fix. The bus driver made a mistake, as he did not follow propper procedure, and he was terminated becuase of this. The rest of the drivers were re-trained again on this. I think this was handled well by USD 489. We are lucky this had a positive ending with the youths not being injured, and I am glad that this driver was terminated quickly, this should be a reminder to the rest of the drivers to follow policy.
    GOOD JOB USD 489

    • gomer

      does anybody know how to spell around here?

      • hmmmm

        I am sorry Gomer Pile. I did make some mistakes with my spelling of a few words. Below are the corrections, I hope you can forgive me Mr. Spelling Teacher.

        Thjis (this) is a simple fix. The bus driver
        made a mistake, as he did not follow propper (proper) procedure,
        and he was terminated becuase (because) of this.
        The rest of the drivers were re-trained again on this. I think this was handled
        well by USD 489. We are lucky this had a positive ending with the youths not
        being injured, and I am glad that this driver was terminated quickly, this
        should be a reminder to the rest of the drivers to follow policy.

        GOOD JOB USD 489

        • gomer

          that’s better. next time you’ll stay after and clean the blackboards. yours truly.
          gomer

        • Tami

          it’s okay hmmmm, we knew what you meant, perhaps gomer pile isn’t smart enough to figure it out….

          • gomer

            by the way its gomer “pyle” not gomer pile.
            yours truly,
            the gomer

          • Brilliance

            No, in your case it’s Pile, as in Pile of… and the word is “it’s”, not “its”. You really shouldn’t be calling people out about their mistakes, when your own work is sadly deficient.

      • Ine Styn

        A-R-O-U-N-D H-E-R-E

  • Hays Resident

    KWCH has a video of this on their website..

  • hays

    I had my kids on the bus a few times and they did not like it at all because the bus that picks them up from the house than makes a stop and puts them on another bus picks up more kids and then they have to switch buses again..I think it is stupid for them to switch to so many buses that is an easy way for kids to get scared or stuck on a bus. I took them off the bus real fast. I didn’t want something like this to happen to my kids.

  • Abe

    What kind of kid doesn’t know when to get off the bus, or for that matter, when he notices every other kid has already got off. Sounds like future bus drivers to me.

  • hmmm

    I regognized this bus driver from the video, and I would have to say he generally was pretty responsible for the kids on his bus. He was a bit different at times with his communication skills, but overall I think he loved his job. But I do agree with the school district with thier dismissal of him, this is something that just cant happen.

  • Big deal

    Got to love HAYS, KS! Everything that goes wrong with 489 always comes back to BUILDFAST being the problem. Some people, they will never stop hating.

    • louise

      hey i supported the FAST building. it’s important kids learn how to weight lift and catch a football.

  • Darwin

    i came here for the comments :)