Kern County School officials announce new safety check regulations for special needs buses

Boy was left on bus for 6 hours last week

The Kern County Superintendent of Schools announced a new safety check regulation for special needs buses, Thursday.

An internal investigation led to the new regulations, after an 8-year-old boy was left on one of the buses for almost 6 hours last week. 

Read: Special-needs student left on bus for six hours in Kern County bus yard

Drivers will now have to track when each student gets on and off the bus. "Double-Check" flags have also been ordered which will verify if drivers walk to the back of the bus for a final student check. 

Officials said that procedures to check buses were already required, but the policy was not followed in last week's incident. 


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