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Mix up at a Longview school leaves a 3-year-old preschool student all alone

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School officials say a 3-year-old student left on a bus at a Longview school was found wandering the campus by students. (KPTV) School officials say a 3-year-old student left on a bus at a Longview school was found wandering the campus by students. (KPTV)
LONGVIEW, WA (KPTV) -

A big mix up at a Longview school left a 3-year-old preschool student all alone, wandering the property of a middle school. 

The incident happened on April 20, when officials with Longview School District said a bus driver dropped off students at the Broadway Learning Center around 9:00 a.m. The school serves preschool special education students.

Somehow the driver for the bus didn’t realize a 3-year-old stayed on board, according to the district. When the child didn’t show up for class, the district said the child’s teachers assumed the 3-year-old was absent for the day.

The driver moved on to Cascade Middle School and went off shift around 9:20 a.m. It was some 30 minutes later when the district said middle school students found the youngster all alone standing near a school entrance.

Because the 3- year-old couldn’t really talk, the district noted staff didn’t know who the child was, or where the child came from, so they called CPS. 

District officials said that around 12:30 pm the child’s parent called the preschool concerned because the child wasn’t on the bus home. Soon after, the parent and child were reunited.

“We are most concerned about children’s safety, it is a priority,” Longview School District Communications Director Sandy Catt said. “This incident is concerning and we take it extremely seriously.”

The district noted that all drivers at the school are required to walk through the bus at the end of every route, and are also required to use a hand held device to confirm that this task is done, by using the satellite connected system at the back of their bus.

Catt said the district is still investigating a number of things about what went wrong that day, and this is one of them. 

The district noted they are changing policies at the school so that absence reports will be submitted before 9:45 a.m., and parents who have not reported their child’s absence will be contacted in the morning. 

Only one bus will now unload at a time and school staff members will sign out each child from the bus, according to the district. 

The district added that it is not unusual for a 3-year-old to take the bus to school, because that’s the youngest age of kids they serve in the district. 

The involved driver is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, according to the district.

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