An incident Wednesday involving a 4-year-old pre-K student being left on a school district yellow bus by herself for around four hours is being investigated by the police department, according to Andrews Police Chief Bud Jones.
Though temperatures were in the 90s that day, pre-K student Zereniti Sears’ physical condition was deemed okay through an ER visit at PRMC following the incident. The 72-passenger bus the young child remained in was under a shade covered port at the bus barn that prevented direct heat from the sun.
Jones said the substitute bus driver and possibly a bus aide—who didn’t follow the district’s routine policy with a walkthrough of the bus—could face child endangerment charges. Police were expected to have their investigation completed by Friday or Monday and the district attorney’s office would determine whether to pursue a case from there, the police chief added.
It appears the incident occurred following two lapses—one involving an incorrect head count at the Head Start pre-school where the student was to attend Wednesday after being at Clearfork Elementary, and the other being no walkthrough of the bus after the route was completed, according to authorities.

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