Yesterday I told our transportation company that I would no longer permit the afternoon driver to transport Alex.
On Thursday and Friday last week, I had noticed that the driver and the other child in the van seemed to be passing something around as they arrived, but wasn't sure what was going on. On Monday, I saw that what they were passing looked suspiciously like the seatbelt restraint. So, on Tuesday, I waited outside for them so that I could get a clear view of what was happening.
What I saw was the other child undoing Alex's seatbelt and then removing the restraint and passing it forward to the driver.
I can't even begin to say how many things are wrong and inappropriate with that. The driver did not have permission for restraints in the first place and had been told to remove them. She obviously decided that she was going to continue and then decided to hide it from me. And she involved another child, who I will presume has a mental or physical issue as they are in special transport. She took advantage of two vulnerable children in her care with complete disregard for policy and with no attempt to communicate.
I'm not "that parent", the one who raises a fuss over everything and threatens to pull people off willy-nilly. I'm quite happy to work with everyone involved in Alex's care and always open to negotiation. But I will not work with someone who is deceptive and who makes unilateral decisions.
I will be picking Alex up until we get alternate transport arranged. The transportation company is supposed to call me today to discuss the situation. The supervisor sounded shocked and appalled at what I told him.
Personally, I think the other child's family deserves to be told what has happened and that's an issue that I will be raising during our discussion today. Whether or not the company chooses to fire the driver, that's their decision. But no matter what, that driver will never have Alex in her van ever again.