"Students were asked if anyone was not on the bus, and it appeared that everyone was there and so they went on up the highway and realized a little bit later that one of the students had been left behind," said Annette Singletary, director of community relations for Goddard Public Schools.
said the district did contact the service station about the situation.
Employees said they entertained the boy while he
was there, but in an unfortunate twist, the student was also sick that day.
"They found out after the fact that he
was not feeling well," she
"Maybe had some car sickness and maybe hadn't shared that information, so no one was aware that he
wasn't feeling well."
Staff members returned to the KTA stop to pick up the boy, and he
did make it to the music contest.
As for the those responsible, Singletary
could not confirm if the two teachers would be disciplined because it is a personnel matter.
also noted that it is not district policy for the bus driver to take a head count of the students if a teacher is present.
After this incident, she
said the district said it will review its field trip policy soon.