SIMI VALLEY ( — Simi Valley school officials are investigating how a special education elementary school student was left alone on a parked school bus for more than four hours on the first day of school last week.

The child was picked after the first day of class at Crestview Elementary School on Aug. 22 and was somehow left behind on the parked bus.

The bus driver thought the bus was empty.

“Seeing it is a bus for disabled children and/or mentally handicapped children, they should definitely check the bus a little bit more,” parent Tracey Carver said.

Temperatures were still high in Simi Valley that day, but the child was not harmed.

“What could have happened in four hours?” Carver said. “Think of the babies that are left in cars for only a couple hours — they die.”

The driver has been put on paid leave pending the outcome of a Simi Valley Unified School District investigation.

No other details were immediately available.

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