Daycare that left toddler on bus to reopen - KMOV.com

Daycare that left toddler on bus to reopen

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GSL Developmental Center bus (Credit: KMOV) GSL Developmental Center bus (Credit: KMOV)

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) - A St. Louis daycare that was shut down by the state for leaving a 3-year-old on a bus alone is now being allowed to reopen.

GSL Developmental Center at 4401 Fair Avenue in north St. Louis City will open under a 12-month probationary license.

The childcare center has been closed since February after a 3-year-old boy was taken to the school on a GSL bus, but left on the bus for seven hours all alone with no food or water.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is the agency that revoked the daycare’s license; now that same agency is granting a probationary license to GSL after the company appealed the agency’s initial decision.

“This is very disappointing,” said Shanica Jones, the grandmother of the 3-year-old who was left on the bus.

As part of the state’s agreement settlement with GSL, the daycare has to abide by several new requirements including:

-          Install door alarms on all doors to alert staff if a child opens a door at the facility.

-          Update and review all protocols in the case a child goes missing.

-          Train all staff members on emergency procedures.

GSL will no longer provide bus transportation. The state says they will supervise the daycare very closely over the 12-month probation period.

News 4 reached out to GSL for comment, but no one returned our calls. Signs posted on the building indicate the daycare will soon open but does not give a specific date.

You can read the ruling here.

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