Brunswick County Schools officials have launched an investigation to determine how a sleeping first-grader was left on a school bus this week.
Bus driver Evelyn Miller and her monitor, Roswitha Delts, are on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, Brunswick County Schools Spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said.
Miller’s daily route includes an early run for Cedar Grove Middle School, then a second run for Virginia Williamson Elementary School. After dropping students at Virginia Williamson Elementary, the bus returns to Cedar Grove Middle School, Swencki said.
Miller reportedly discovered the first-grade girl sleeping on the bus when Miller was preparing for a mid-day run at Cedar Grove Middle School. The student was taken back to Virginia Williamson, where she was assessed by the school nurse. School administrators contacted the child’s parent and transportation officials arrived at the school to begin an investigation, Swencki said.
“There is no excuse for an incident of this nature to occur,” Swencki said. “All bus drivers and safety monitors are specifically trained to walk through the entire bus after completing their assigned routes. This standard protocol is expected of all bus drivers and monitors in Brunswick County Schools.
“Most importantly, we are so thankful the child is safe and will use this example as a repeated reminder to all drivers and monitors of the importance and requirement to follow procedures 100 percent of the time.”