Emily GirschSep 11, 2017, 7:23 pmSep 11, 2017, 8:59 pm

Sleeping 6-year-old left behind on school bus in Paterson

School officials held a meeting with bus companies working for the district; drivers, aides on both buses fired

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School officials and parents are furious after a sleeping child was abandoned on a school bus two school days in a row.

On Monday morning, a 6-year-old child who attends Paterson's Urban Leadership Academy was left on a bus provided by A1 Elegant.

On Friday, a girl in kindergarten at Dale Avenue School was left on a bus handled by a company called US Student of Woodland Park.

In Friday's incident, the child had been on the bus unnoticed for over an hour.

The acting superintendent held a special meeting with all of the bus companies Monday afternoon.

The drivers and aides on those buses have been fired and the two bus companies have been fined $1,000 each for the incidents.

As part of a new protocol, Shafer says each of the busses will be searched by the drivers and the aides with a school official watching upon arrival at school.

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