Preschoolers Left on School Buses

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    How did two young kids wind up left on a school bus?

    The Christina School District officials are investigating after two preschool students were left behind on buses in separate incidents.

    The News Journal reports that the boys were supposed to be dropped off at Christina Early Education Center. The first incident occurred Jan. 27, and the second on Wednesday.

    The mother of the boy in the first incident says it wasn't reported to police because officials assured her procedures were in place to prevent a re-occurrence.

    Christina Superintendent Freeman Williams says the driver and aide are on leave and the district is reviewing why procedures weren't followed. Standards require bus drivers and aides to check buses for children after their shifts.

    “We understand and respect completely the concerns that parents may have about the safety of young people,” Williams told the News Journal. “Again, we accept the responsibility and understand that it’s incumbent upon us to do everything in our power to reflect that those things are occurring.”

    New procedures instituted Thursday include taking a roster of children for teachers to compare against the students in class.