A New Jersey school bus driver was fired after stopping a bus full of students outside his home earlier this week.
The Freehold Regional High School District locked out the employee after he picked up students from Howell High School and stopped at his apartment, leaving them unattended while he went inside. according to NJ.com.
According to Rebecca Policastro, a school district coordinator, the driver – who is under contract with Jay’s Bus Service – went home after realizing he had left his drop-off schedule there.
An unknown number of students were left unattended on the bus for about three minutes, she added.
The district, which filed a report with the state about unsupervised students, said it became aware of the incident after the students had already been taken to their homes.
The driver’s name and current employment status are not being disclosed at this time.
Jay’s bus servicebased in Lakewood, provides services to more than 150 schools in Monmouth and Ocean counties. The station could not be reached for comment on Thursday, it said.
A part of it Company website about security states that it is “committed to providing transportation for the tens of thousands of students who rely on us every day to get to and from school safely.”
It also assures that all drivers “receive comprehensive training to ensure they meet our safety standards.”