One of the non-verbal autistic children who couldn’t be located on a Metro school bus earlier this year was dropped off at the wrong location on the first day of school.
“I was dumbfounded,” said Donna Myers, the boy’s grandmother.
Myers’ grandson and another autistic child were featured in a News4 I-Team investigation that showed how police have been called to try and find children on Metro school buses when they couldn’t be located by the district.
Hoping to avoid another similar problem, Myers said she filled out paperwork with Metro schools dictating that her grandson had switched daycare and that the bus needed to take him to his new daycare.
On Tuesday, the first day for Metro Schools, Myers even called his school to remind them and overheard the administrators tell the bus driver to take him to the new daycare.
A few hours later, she got a call from the administrator for her grandson’s previous daycare.
“They said, ‘We have Kelvin (TJ). He's not supposed to be here,’” Myers said. “It’s frustrating. Because I had done every little thing you could possibly do to make sure that he was going to the right location.”
Myers said her grandson ultimately was on the bus for an hour and a half before being dropped off at his correct daycare.
For two days, the News4 I-Team asked for an interview with Metro Schools to explain what happened.
District spokeswoman Dawn Rutledge wrote in a text message that an interview could not be arranged by our deadline.
In the texts, she wrote, “The driver is updated on where the student is to safely go and there have been no further challenges.”
On the phone, Rutledge expanded to confirm that Myers had indeed provided the correct location but that the information had not been correctly passed on to the bus driver.
Myers said she is not satisfied.
“If you don't have enough resources or enough help, then you need to put that in your budget,” she said.
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