District: Evergreen school bus driver resigns for personal reasons

By Susan Parrish, Columbian education reporter

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A bus driver for Silver Star Elementary School in the Evergreen Public Schools system resigned for personal reasons Monday, said Gail Spolar, district spokeswoman.

The driver had been temporarily suspended last week while school officials investigated a report of the driver not allowing students to open bus windows on May 14 when temperatures reached 84 degrees by 2 p.m. and the bus interior became hot.

The roof vents were open.

Angry parents complained that their children arrived home hot and sweating.

Spolar said the district has procedures that align with state laws about student safety on school buses.

“In the case of drivers of elementary buses, they are advised to pre-set the windows prior to children boarding, since the windows can be heavy and awkward for children to open and pull down,” Spolar said.