Officials respond after Canandaigua bus driver holds ‘mock’ election, investigation underway

It wasn’t just a tough election cycle for adults.

Students in Canandaigua were subjected to at least one politicized ride home from school after reports surfaced of a bus driver holding a ‘mock election’. The reports initially came via social media, and then the district began receiving calls and emails — voicing concern for the alleged incident.

Reports indicate that an unnamed bus driver held a “mock election,” proceeding to prioritize students exiting the bus based on how they voted. Mock elections are common in schools, but according to parents within the district, the problem was that it happened outside the classroom. Worse yet, those students who voted ‘Clinton’ were not allowed to exit the bus until all of the ‘Trump’ voters had exited.

It’s a messy situation, which the district insists is under investigation at this time. They released a full-statement, which was also sent home to parents and guardians. The entire statement can be read below and more information will be provided, as details become available.

Read the full-statement below:

On behalf of the Canandaigua City School District, I want to apologize to the children (and parents of those children) who rode a particular bus last week. Last week, a bus driver made a serious mistake by dismissing students from the bus at the Primary Elementary School based on the results of a mock school election. The bus driver is truly remorseful for her actions and will issue her own letter of apology to these students and parents for her actions. The school district immediately commenced — and is still completing — an investigation into the complaint, but can assure the parents and students that corrective action in accordance with the district Code of Conduct and Collective Bargaining Agreement will be taken as result of this incident.

People make mistakes; it is how we all learn from that mistake that is important.

As such, I have reminded the employees of the Canandaigua City School District to follow the character traits that we as a school district have championed for over 20 years: Respect, Responsibility, Caring, Honesty, and Healthful Lifestyles. Everything we do while on the job as an employee of the Canandaigua City School District is as a role model for good character for the students we serve.

One of the fascinating, and most important, things about being an educational institution is that the community has high expectations of us for leadership and thoughtfulness regarding confusing issues. We take that expectation very seriously and strive to serve as role models and educators for our students. When that does not occur in the Canandaigua City School District, we take appropriate action. We will strive to do better and want to remind the public that this was an isolated incident, a mistake by a driver with a long and excellent record of service and safety to the District.

We as an institution have learned from this mistake. Going forward, we shall think about our five character traits and apply them — along with our training and experience in working with children — to allow us to continue to provide thoughtful leadership and to be important role models for our students and our community, and to foster the welcoming and safe environment for all students and staff in the Canandaigua City School District.

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