Kekyona Wynkoop’s heart sank when she received a call from the Griswold
Elementary School Monday asking where her son was.
Nahje Taylor, second-grader, travels from Hartford as part of the state’s
school choice program and had been put on the bus at 7:40 a.m. with Wynkoop
watching, according to a report from the Hartford Courant, but never arrived at
class after leaning below the seat and falling asleep.
The whole situation seems like a mother’s worst nightmare and while drivers and
bus monitors are taught to check the bus, Taylor was missed leading both to be
suspended for failing to check after drop-off and leaving the child to be taken
back to the bus yard in South Windsor.
“We transport a lot of students, and our drivers are trained to check their
buses at the schools, and this driver did not follow that procedure,” said Cliff
Gibson, CEO of Dattco, in a statement. “The driver has been suspended until the company
completes an investigation.”
Dattco is the company hired to transport students that are enrolled in the Hartford area school choice program.
A bus monitor, hired by the Capitol Region Education Council (CREC) as they
oversee transportation of school choice students, has also been suspended
confirmed CREC staff on Wednesday.
There is some good news. Taylor woke up when the schools called the bus company
and was completely unharmed, never having spent any time alone on the bus. Julia
M. Winer, spokeswoman for CREC, told the Hartford Courant that all policies
would be under review.
There is good news here, however. The student was unharmed and never left on
the bus alone after a call from the school alerted the driver prior to the bus
being locked up. He has returned to class and is enjoying his time in Berlin.
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