The Search Continues for Avonte Oquendo

Yesterday, Sunday October 20, 2013, family members and members of the community gathered for a search for 14-year-old Avonte Oquendo. Just to recap: Avonte is a non-verbal autistic boy, who was last seen running out of his school in Queens on Friday, October 4th. On Friday we posted some of the daily procedures taken at Shema Kolainu- Hear Our Voices, a school and center for children with autism in partnership with ICare4Autism. Below are some of the bussing and release of children procedures all teachers and staff follow each day:



  • When putting a student on the bus, wait by the door until that student is seated by the matron and seat belted into his seat
  • Students are only released to authorized bus personnel or the student’s parent/guardian
  • If a student is to be dismissed to someone other than a parent or bus personnel, the school must have written consent prior to dismissal
  • To ensure safety and security of students, staff releasing children from school must maintain a file of the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of persons authorized to pick up each student in your care
  • You should only release a child to a person for whom you have written consent by the custodial parent
  • NEVER honor a telephone authorization unless there is a prior written consent by the custodial parent on file