NKY mom upset 5-year-old daughter missed stop, woke up in bus lot

Updated: Feb. 24, 2021 at 6:59 AM EST
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HEBRON, Ky. (FOX19) - A Northern Kentucky mother is upset after her child fell asleep on a school bus and was taken back to the bus lot.

Five-year-old Zaylee Estvanko of Hebron sounded the alarm on what her mom says is an alarming situation.

“Nine o’clock Monday night, Zaylee climbs up with me and dad and said, ‘Yea I popped my head over the seat and the bus driver said what are you doing here?’ And I said, what are you talking about?” said Zaylee’s mother, Christina Estvanko.

Estvanko said her kindergartener told her she fell asleep on the school bus Monday morning on the way to North Pointe Elementary in Hebron. That bus lot is six miles down the road off 237 in Burlington.

Estvanko said she’s upset the school didn’t tell her what happened to her daughter. Estvanko tells FOX19 Zaylee was more than likely missing for 30 minutes given the bus ride back to the lot, the bus driver going through checks, finding her daughter, calling school and then driving her back to North Pointe Elementary School.

Boone County Schools said the bus driver and North Pointe Elementary followed procedures.

In a statement, the district the elementary student “was found sleeping on a school bus by the bus driver. The child was found with the assistance of a device used on school buses in the state of Kentucky called “No Child Left Behind.” The device is an alarm that comes on once a bus is driven back to the bus lot not allowing the driver to leave the bus until every seat is checked for sleeping children.

“This alarm assisted the driver in detecting a child sleeping in the back of the bus. The driver immediately drove the bus back to the school and dropped the student off. The student was not late for school. The “No Child Left Behind” system worked exactly as it is designed, taking care of a potential problem before it became a problem.

“Boone County School bus drivers are diligent and conscientious in following all protocols to ensure the safety of students while in their care and on the bus. The child’s mother has since told the Principal her child frequently falls asleep during car rides and requested that in the future the bus driver check for her each morning before leaving the school for the bus lot. The bus driver is happy to accommodate the mother’s request.”

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