Each child goes with either the teacher or the volunteers to their designated pick up area, they make sure the child goes with the right person or gets on the correct school bus. Additionally they have either their bus number or PU written on their hand.
My husband calls me back, tells me he called the school and they don't know where he is, the teacher doesn't know, he's not in the pickup area and he didn't get on his bus. Okay, now I'm panicking! I get to the school and the gates are locked up all around, I spot a janitor and he let's me in, I tell him what's going on and he points me to the office saying, "someone might still be here". I walk in the office and there is my son! They tell me nonchalantly, "he got on the wrong bus, the bus driver brought him back when she dropped everyone off". I didn't know how to respond.
We get home and get settled and I'm about to leave back to work and a truck pulls in behind me, it's his teacher! She is about in tears herself, apologizing over and over, saying she doesn't know what happened, how he got lost. I tell her that sometimes my son doesn't pay attention and may have gotten out of line, and I recommend to her to keep a checklist so they realize right away they are missing a child.
The more I think about it, the more it bothers me. What is the point of then having the number on their hand if the driver isn't going to check it. The bus driver didn't even realize he wasn't one of her riders when he got on, he could have easily followed another child off the bus and been lost, thankfully he didn't. My MIL says I should contact the school board, other people have told me just be thankful nothing happened and let it go. WWYD?