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As a parent, I find their actions totally unacceptable. As a teacher, I see absolutely no excuse for them leaving a child behind on a field trip. I am an EC teacher and we take students on two local field trips a year. One of them involves multiple short stops as it is a community service project they do every year visiting different places like a nursing home. We complete head counts multiple times during each stop (before leaving bus, during, loading, and before bus leaves). We generally have three to four buses each year on that trip. We have never left a child behind because we put them first. Every child must be accounted for before the bus ever starts at each stop. Yes, it takes time BUT it is imperative each child be accounted for before leaving. You do not leave a child behind. Our children have disabilities ranging from mild cognitive delays, visually impaired, heaing impaired Autism, to those with multiple physical and/or cognitive delays. Some of these with mental or behavioral/emotional issues can have the potential to wander off but so can a regular ed child. It is the adult's responsibility to be aware of this and keep a close eye open. They should have been suspended for their carelessness in protecting the child.
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