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Dinwiddie 5-Year-Old Left on School Bus, Found Wandering

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DINWIDDIE COUNTY, Va. (WRIC)—A 5-year-old boy made it safely back to school after he fell asleep on the school bus and was later found wandering alone along Courthouse Road Monday morning.

At 9:26 a.m. on Jan. 13, a passerby saw the Kindergartner walking by himself on the 15000 block of Courthouse Road and notified the Dinwiddie County Sheriff's Office. Officers picked up the child and dropped him off at Sutherland Elementary School, where he said he is a student.

Earlier that morning, the student had fallen asleep on the school bus, and the bus driver failed to check the bus after dropping students off at the school. The driver then parked the bus in the Mt. Level Baptist Church parking lot at 14920 Courthouse Road, not far from the school board office. The child eventually woke up, got off the bus and began wandering around town.

The boy was found approximately 2 miles from the Sheriff's Office and 10 miles from Sutherland Elementary School. It is unclear if he was ever reported missing.

William D. Clark, the superintendent of Dinwiddie County Public Schools, is thankful the incident ended the way it did.

"I'm very concerned; this actually worked a lot better than it could've," Clark said. "The student was not injured."

Sheriff D.T. "Duck" Adams does not expect any charges to be filed at this time, but school officials are now turning their investigation toward the bus driver. They say standard procedure dictates that all drivers check the entire bus for students before getting off. Clark said that clearly did not happen this morning.

"Probably the biggest thing that we know is we have certain procedures in place to deal with students on the bus, and to be honest, we didn't follow the procedures that we have in place," Clark said.

DCPS is not releasing the name of the bus driver, but say she has been working for the school system for several years and has an otherwise untainted record.

"In this case, one of our drivers made a mistake," said Clark, who says parents should not expect this to happen again. "I want to assure parents and tell them that all of our students are going to be safe."

The school district is already looking at retraining its bus drivers.

"Looking at the possibility to kind of re-emphasize our procedures," Clark said. "Both pre-check and post-check for all of our drivers."


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