Penn Yan school bus driver left 3-year-old on bus

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express

A Penn Yan Central School bus driver was charged with endangering the welfare of a child  Tuesday afternoon following an investigation into an incident when a 3-year-old was left unattended on a bus.

Janet Lane, 55, of Penn Yan, has been removed from responsibilities at the district while the school continues its investigation, according to a statement released Tuesday afternoon by Superintendent Ann Orman.

The incident occurred on Friday, Dec. 3. following a bus run on an early dismissal day for Elementary and Head Start students.

According to Investigator Michael Donovan, Lane parked the vehicle, leaving the student onboard.

Lane will appear in Penn Yan Village Court.

Orman's statement says, "The school district is troubled by these allegations and is fully cooperating and working closely with the Penn Yan Police Department to thoroughly investigate this incident."

Once the investigation is complete, the district will determine an appropriate action.

"The safety and well-being of our students is our highest priority, so we will be reviewing and updating, if necessary, our procedures, policies and training in an effor to make sure an incident of this nature does not occur again," concludes the school's statement.