No-show bus driver strands Portland students far from home

Posted April 19

— Two dozen students from Portland's Jefferson High were left stranded some 60 miles from home after their bus driver never showed.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports (http://bit.ly/2onslkI ) parents had to drive out to Clatskanie late Saturday to pick up their children. The teens had ridden the bus more than an hour to put on a dance performance in the small town.

Portland Public Schools has a contract with the bus company First Student. Its manager, Jeff Heaton, told the school district in an email it has put the driver on leave pending an investigation and disciplined the dispatcher who didn't respond to the district's pleas for help.

Heaton said First Student has implemented new protocols, refunded the charge for the botched return trip, offered two free future trips, and gave Amazon gift cards to those who drove to Clatskanie.


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