Four Staff Members Fired After A Child Was Left On A Bus For Nearly Four Hours In Summers County

SUMMERS COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – Four staff members have been terminated after a child was left unattended on a bus for three and a half hours.

The incident occurred on Monday, October 29, 2018, at the Summers County Head Start/Early Head Start Center in which a child was left unsupervised on a bus for approximately three and a half hours. The child was immediately cared for and showed no signs of harm.

The executive director released the following statement: “We have thoroughly reviewed all policies and procedures to ensure all precautions are taken to ensure the safety of children. As always, our primary concern is of the safety and wellbeing of all children entrusted into our care. CASEWV has provided Head Start services to children and families since its inception in 1965; this is the first serious incident of this type that has been reported.”

Due to the occurrence, four staff have been terminated. The incident has been reported to WV Child Care Licensing, the WV Independent Investigation Unit, and the Regional Office of Head Start has been notified. In addition, training logs have been reviewed, and all staff are being retrained regarding policies and procedures related to child supervision.

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