A bus driver has been suspended without pay for leaving two students alone on the bus while running an errand on July 2, according to a PTHSD news release.
According to the district, the driver, who was not identified, was en route to Parsippany schools' Wide World of Summer program and decided to make a stop at the Mt. Tabor post office to pick up school-related mail.
"Although the driver was only in the post office for a few minutes, two students were left on the bus unattended," the release said. "The students were unharmed and delivered safely to school.
"As soon as the incident was brought to the administration’s attention, the district conducted an initial inquiry and suspended the driver, without pay, pending further investigation."
School officials submitted an incident report to the state and filed a police report.
The district said once its investigation is complete, "appropriate action will be taken relative to this driver."
and state probes reportedly are also underway to determine whether charges will be filed against the driver.
"The district deeply regrets this incident and recognizes its obligation to safeguard the safety and well-being of all of its students," the release said.
Officials said mandatory training is already required of all school bus personnel, but in the wake of this incident, additional training will be administered "to ensure that such incidents do not happen in the future."