TAUNTON — Superintendent John Cabral and Director of Student Services and Transportation and Title IX Coordinator Kathy Perry report that a student fell asleep on a bus and missed morning drop off earlier today, but thanks to protocols in place was quickly found and safely returned to school.
At approximately 9:15 a.m., Taunton Public Schools was notified by the district’s bus company, H & L Bloom Bus Lines, about an incident where a child fell asleep and did not get off the bus when students were dropped off at the Mulcahey Elementary School.
After dropping students off at the school, the bus driver returned to the nearby bus depot and did a routine check to ensure the bus was empty. The bus driver found a student asleep on one of the seats and the driver woke the student up. The driver then returned to Mulcahey Elementary School and dropped the student off.
At no time was the child left unattended and the student was not late for school.
The parent’s have since been notified about the incident.
“We are grateful that the protocols and procedures that have been established to ensure that no students are left unattended on a school bus were properly followed this morning which resulted in the student being found and returned to school without further incident,” Superintendent Cabral said. “We thank this bus driver for their due diligence while checking their bus this morning and for safely returning the student to school.”