Some Warrick County students may face transportation issues as the Warrick County School Corporation has quarantined several bus drivers.

A letter from Warrick County School Superintendent Brad Schneider told parents that the school corporation learned Sunday evening that one bus driver tested positive for the virus and eight others were deemed close contacts resulting in a total of nine drivers forced to quarantine for 14 days. Schneider said the absence of those nine bus drivers forced the corporation to make adjustments to bus routes.

“Unfortunately, we do not have enough substitute bus drivers to cover the routes left vacant, so we developed an alternative plan to transport students to school,” Schneider said in the letter.

According to Schneider’s letter, the routes covered by the nine drivers served students at Castle High School, Castle North Middle School, Castle South Middle School, John. H. Castle Elementary School, Sharon Elementary School and Newburgh Elementary School. The letter states that the alternative plan involves running routes twice and combining routes.

“This will cause some students to arrive at school later than normal,” Schneider’s letter states. “We apologize for the inconvenience, but our only other option was to move the affected schools to a virtual platform for the next two weeks, which we determined was not appropriate at this time.”

According to the letter, Schneider said the corporation has consulted with the local health department and medical experts in the area in making the decision to shift routes instead of moving classes to virtual learning. He said the corporation is continuing to maintain the goal of keeping the schools open for in-person learning as long as the corporation can keep students and staff safe.

“By wearing facial coverings, social distancing and regularly washing and sanitizing our hands, we have slowed and suppressed the spread of the virus at school,” the letter states.

However, Schneider did also advise parents to remain prepared for the possibility of shifting schools to virtual learning only in the letter as well.

“Again, we are asking parents to make plans for the possibility we move to a short-term or long-term virtual learning platform should conditions or circumstances dictate during the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year.”

For more on the Warrick County School Corporation COVID-19 plans, visit the website at http://warrick.k12.in.us/about/covid.php.

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