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Family considering legal action after preschool student left on Weber District bus

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Posted at 11:02 AM, Sep 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-29 13:02:47-04

OGDEN, Utah — A family is considering litigation against the Weber School District after a preschool student was left unattended for "an extended period of time" on a school bus earlier this month.

According to a statement from the school district, the child had been picked up for preschool but was mistakenly left on the bus for about two hours after the morning bus route had completed on September 3.

"It was later discovered that the child was still on the bus prior to the bus making its afternoon run. Fortunately, the child was okay, but this does not excuse what took place," the statement said.

The school district has safeguards and protocols to prevent such occurrences, including one that requires bus drivers to walk around the bus and check for remaining students after each route.

"However, certain safety protocols were not followed which led to the child being accidentally left on the bus after the route ended," the statement said.

The district declined to comment on any specific disciplinary action against the employee(s) responsible for the September 3 incident.

Each of the 156 Weber School District buses has a security camera, but an internal investigation revealed that the camera on the bus in this incident had been inoperative for about two years.