Ms. Lea (Shelly) Johnson, the Jackson bus driver who spotted the 6-year-old who woke up in an empty school bus parking lot on Monday evening, was thanked today by the parents of the girl.
Ms. Johnson was given a gift basket thanking her for her care and dedication in a frightening situation which could have resulted in tragedy.
Today, the Jackson School District Superintendent Nicole Pormilli said the district is investigating this very serious incident thoroughly.
“To have a child left alone in this way is something no parent should have to experience,’’ Pormilli said. “Our district procedures are designed to ensure this does not happen, and those procedures were not followed. We are investigating thoroughly to discover how this happened and to ensure it does not happen again.’’
The district says safety procedures include requiring each driver to inspect the bus after each run to make sure no students remain on the bus. Drivers receive training annually on this procedure. The district will be revisiting this training and also working to streamline the district’s after-hours communication structure to make it easier for parents to reach a staff member in the evening in case of an emergency.
Pormilli said she reached out to the student and her parents Monday evening after it was reported to listen to their concerns and check on the student.
“I was so relieved to hear the student was doing well, but it doesn’t change the fact that this is very serious and it should never have happened,’’ she said.