Bloomfield school district reviewing bus policy

Posted at: 08/20/2013 6:42 PM
By: Ashley McElroy, KOB Eyewitness News 4

What was supposed to be a fun first day at pre-kindergarten at the Bloomfield Early Childhood Center turned into a nightmare for one four-year-old.

"For a pre-K student to go through something like that on the first day and not wasn't to go back to school the next day it's traumatizing," said Madison Dominguez's mom Brandi.

Madison was supposed to be dropped off at her house at 3:15.. When the bus didn't come, her mom started to get worried. 

"I called at the bus barn asking where my daughter was at. They said the bus was running late and they'd be there in 15 minutes. 15 minutes rolls by, my daughters still not there," Brandi said.

Eventually Brandi was told to go to the school to pick her daughter up. The bus didn't drop Madison off until 5:15.

"She’s crying, she told me when she first got off the bus 'Mommy, I didn't even know if I was going to come home,'" Brandi said.

According to the Bloomfield school district, the bus driver accidently overlooked Madison’s address. The bus driver decided to keep Madison one the bus until all her routes were done.

"Rather than drop the kids or whatever, they stay with the bus until they can catch up with the parents and make the tradeoff," said director of Curriculum and Instruction for the district, Chuck Culpepper.

Brandi just wished she'd known where her daughter was sooner.

"I was freaking out didn't know where my daughter was at and as a parent you have a right to know where your kids at all times," she said.

Bloomfield school district says they're reevaluating their bus policies to make sure this doesn't happen again.