Officials apologize after bus driver forgets schedule, brings students home late

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DAVIS COUNTY, Utah —  School district officials are apologizing to parents and implementing a new policy after several students with special needs were brought home hours late by their bus driver on the first day of the school year.

Davis County School District officials said a bus driver forgot the first day of school, Monday, would end earlier than a typical day, and when he realized his mistake he came to pick up the children at Creekside Elementary School.

Officials said they were unable to reach the driver by phone, but they are putting a new policy in place that will require bus drivers to make a phone call notifying the school if they are going to be more than 15 minutes late.

Several of the students who ride the bus use wheelchairs, and officials said the driver became increasingly late as the route continued because of the time involved in unloading the children at each stop.

Chris Williams, Community Relations Director for the Davis School District, apologized to parents.

“We messed up,” Williams said. “We’re sorry. We apologize. This shouldn’t have happened. We’re going to do everything we can to make sure that it doesn’t happen again. There will be disciplinary action taken with the bus driver.”