SANDY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - It’s a parent’s worst nightmare; a school bus carrying dozens of children is involved in an accident. That was the case Monday and again Tuesday morning.
However, if an accident does happen, what measures should be followed by both the school and the parents. The Canyon’s School District says they have a protocol they follow rigorously. "We only release the students to the parents at the scene when police say it’s ok to do so,” said Kevin Ray, the Canyons School District risk management employee.
The Canyon’s protocol seems standard but Monday afternoon that was not the case. Police say the bus carrying 30 students from Canyon Elementary School in Cache County crashed into a tree and many of the students inside left the scene with parents before being checked out.
"We understand that parents are very concerned and panicked when children are involved in crashes like this one, but they need to remain on scene and let the emergency medical units assess the children as well as be able to get the children accounted for,” said Sgt. Cade Brenchley from the Utah Highway Patrol.
Canyons School District says they work closely with law enforcement which requires all students to remain on scene until police say it’s ok. "We hold every student on the bus as long as it’s safe to do so. We hold them on the bus, we take down all their names, addresses, and phone numbers,” said Ray.
The students will then be released as soon as possible or continue onto their destination with a back up bus or once that bus is deemed safe. “I just like to tell parents work with us. We have student safety as our number one priority,” said Ray.
The Canyons School District also has one of their risk management people on scene to be able to communicate with the parents and keep them in the loop but that protocol has to be followed.