School bus procedure, policy discussed after girl has emergency, later dies

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Different community groups are coming together to discuss policies and procedures on school buses after an eight-year-old New Haven girl suffered a medical emergency on a bus in March and died days later.

The girl was found slumped over in her bus seat, but by the time the paramedics were called it was too late.

Mothers like Megan Ifill, who has a daughter with a blood disorder, spoke at the meeting. She says more training could be the difference between life and death for her daughter.

“My daughter is a Make-A-Wish kid and if she was accidentally hit or hurt, I would have been the one possibly receiving those condolence cards,” said Ifill.

The Chief Operating Officer of New Haven Public Schools says right now the protocol is for the bus driver to secure the bus, then call into dispatch who will then make the appropriate 911 call or whatever other services are required in the situation.

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