Kindergartner Spends Day at Wrong School Because of Strangest Coincidence

busHopefully, one day they'll be able to laugh about this, because right now, it's pretty scary that this could have happened. A kindergartner spend the day at the wrong school in upstate New York after she boarded the wrong bus. Apparently, the person driving the bus that day was a substitute, so they didn't realize 5-year-old girl wasn't a regular rider. Coincidentally, the school she wound up at was expecting a new student that day, and after the girl arrived, they asked her if she was that girl, to which she said yes (kids!). The little girl then spent the entire day in the first grade classroom in the place of the no-show new student.

Kind of a crazy series of events! But it had to have been terrifying for her mother when she never got off the bus that afternoon.

When the girl didn't get off her usual bus, her mother called the school, and they told her that she never showed up at school (oh my god). The mix-up was resolved a short time later, and the district now says it's re-examining its bus and new student procedures. Not a bad idea.

Maybe attendance on buses isn't such a terrible idea? We've all heard the heartbreaking stories over the years of children getting abducted or lost on their way to the bus -- what if the driver had to be notified if a student wasn't going to be riding that day? Sure, it's extra work, but it could maybe help stop some of the horror stories. And, at the very least, it could have prevented this poor girl from spending the day at the wrong school.

Glad everything is fine, and everyone's safe and sound, but man, that had to have been terrifying for that poor mother when she found out her child was never in school that day. I truly can't think of a worse feeling.

Do you think there should be more rules or precautions when it comes to bus procedures?


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nonmember avatar wait

What about the new student? Where was that kid?

RobJar RobJar

Why didn't the mother make sure she got ON the right bus?

RobJar RobJar

Why didn't the mother make sure she got ON the right bus?

kjjakjja kjjakjja

Why is it up to a kindergarter to make sure she's getting on the right bus?

steph... steph72884

Why didnt her regular school call the mom to check for attendance?

2cent... 2centsCDN

Wow! I'm so glad schools in my area call home if there is an unexplained absence.

Katha... Katharine205

The mother should of made sure she was getting on the right bus and the school should of called as soon as they realized that the little girl was absent and not excused.  All around failure here.

Hunny... HunnybearSG

See this is a prime example of why some things should not change. Attendance used to be taken on buses. But because it took a few extra minutes, MINUTES that would have to be paid to the bus drivers, someone, somewhere, decided that the safety of children was not worth the cost of a few extra minutes...

nonmember avatar Elise

Why is a kindergartener putting herself on a bus? My brother and I weren't allowed to walk to the stop alone until I was 10, my brother was 8 and a neighbour girl came with us, she was 5. This mother has a lot to answer for.

missy... missybest

The biggest error that I see is the fact that the girls' correct school did not notify the parents that the child did not arrive at school.  That is inexcusable, particularly for a child only 5 years old.  What happened to attendance roles and immediate notification.  If the parent didn't call to excuse the child, the parent should be called immediately!

As far as the bus and being at the wrong school - no harm, no foul!  The child was safe and relatively happy.  All is well that ends well.  Again, the serious problem is at the school the child was supposed to be attending!

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