APPLE VALLEY – A Special needs preschool student at the Apple Valley Unified School District (AVUSD) was left on the school bus at the end of the day last Tuesday officials said. The discovery was made by a different bus driver approximately an hour after the bus was parked for the day.
AVUSD officials said that the child was unharmed and the parents were immediately notified. The child was taken home and has returned to school using district transportation. The district officials have also called and are cooperating with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department investigation.
“Words cannot express how dismayed we are that this occurred and how seriously we are taking this incident. The safety of our students is our top priority,” said school officials in a written statement. “The bus driver has been placed on administrative leave and we will continue to work with law enforcement to ensure that appropriate measures are taken.”
District officials said that the following morning they provided “refresher” training to reiterate district transportation procedures. “Further measures have been put in place to ensure that this does not happen again.”
According to inmate records, the 32-year-old bus driver, Tiffeny Avery was arrested at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday following the incident. The child endangerment arrest was made in the 22900 block of Bear Valley Road at the Apple Valley School District office. Avery was released from custody the following evening and has no court appearances scheduled as of the morning of Tuesday, August 30, 2016.
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