ALGONA | The transportation director at the Algona Community School District was expected to resign after a 4-year-old student was left on a school bus for several hours on Dec. 19.

Dan Danielson, who was also driving the bus transporting Logan Cavin of Burt to Head Start, was expected to hand in his resignation Dec. 20, Superintendent Marty Fonley said.

Fonley, who was unavailable Friday, said the district would take steps to ensure this type of incident never happens again.

Kossuth County Attorney Todd Holmes said he is taking the incident very seriously.

"I'm still waiting to go through the investigation that the school did," he said Friday. "Then I'll make my determination as to how to proceed" and whether to press charges.

The boy's mother, Melissa Cavin, learned that her son was missing when his preschool teacher called her on Dec. 19 to ask if he was home sick.

She had put her son on the bus at 8:30 a.m., Cavin said.

Logan was discovered at the school bus barn at about 1 p.m. by another school bus driver. Logan's bus had been left unlocked outside the bus barn since about 10 a.m.

The driver who found Logan had gone into the bus barn office and the child had followed him into the office, Fonley said.

Fonley said the bus in question was fitted with a kill switch that requires the driver to walk to the back of the bus to hit a switch. The idea is that the driver will make a check of the bus in the process.

Logan, who was reportedly wet and cold when discovered, was taken to his classroom, where his teacher helped him change clothes and get lunch. He had not eaten breakfast or lunch.

— Globe Gazette reporter Kristin Buehner contributed to this report

(2) comments


Another paid person that didn't do his job! Probably assuming that all the children were off the bus!


Think safe, act safe, be safe, do safe. The 4 most imp. golden rules that reduce/eliminate the chance for a situation like this from occurring. Unfortunate for a trans. dir. that if he took into consideration that nothing is more imp. than the concept that safety means "freedom from risk", -he prob. wouldn't be handing in his resignation. 300:29:1 is a basic rule of safety, & Post trip=check for sleeping children- it's part of the job learned in "School Bus 101-The Basics". glad the kid is ok.

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