Pelion, SC (WLTX) -- An elementary school student in Pelion was left aboard a school bus for approximately six hours on Monday.
According to Lexington District One spokesperson Mary Beth Hill, the bus driver, along with an aide, dropped off students at a Pelion elementary school at approximately 7:30AM, and then drove to the bus parking lot at Pelion High School immediately after.
When the same driver and aide returned to collect the bus at 1:30 PM they found the student still on the bus.
Hill said that, by law, she can not specify why the aide was riding on the bus, or whether or not the bus was in use for a particular group of students. Hill did say the use of aides on school buses is typically for students with special needs.
A transportation supervisor with the school district was immediately called by the driver to report the incident, and transportation staff immediately took the child to the elementary school to be examined by the school nurse and staff there.
The school's principal and transportation officials contacted the child's parent, and explained what had happened. The parent immediately came to the school and met with the principal and department transportation officials, and then picked up her child.
The bus driver and aide have been placed on leave pending the investigation into the incident, per school board policy and district procedure.
Hill said "The district takes any incident like this very seriously, and we regret this has occurred." Hill went on to say "The district continues to investigate this incident very carefully, and our primary concern is always the health and safety of our students."