Fairborn City Schools says recent transportation issues are due to drivers quarantining for COVID-19

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FAIRBORN, Oh. (WDTN) — Fairborn City Schools told parents of traditional students they must transport their students to and from school Wednesday.

The notice was posted on the district’s Facebook page around 5:30 a.m. Another post made around 9:30 a.m. explained that the week’s transportation issues are a result of several bus drivers quarantining due to COVID-19, and that there were not enough drivers to make all the routes.

The district did not go into detail about transportation plans for elementary and middle school students, but said the high school will be using remote learning all week. It also said absences and tardies will be excused given the circumstances.

In the second post, the district encouraged families to have a “back up” plan in place for student transportation, adding, “FCS realizes the issues this causes our families (especially early in the morning) and we are working on a solution to this issue. During this time of COVID-19, we are all under extraordinary amounts of pressure-and working to do our very best and keep both students and staff safe.”

Wednesday morning’s announcement comes after FCS moved to virtual learning Monday when 22 bus drivers were absent from work, allegedly giving last-minute notice in many of the cases.

Superintendent of FCS, Gene Lolli, told 2 NEWS the district is still trying to determine if Monday and Wednesday’s bussing issues are related, but said he does not believe either incident was meant to be a strike.

He said right now, several drivers are quarantined and contact tracing is underway. Testing, he added, will be conducted as necessary.

There is currently no transportation plan in place for Thursday, but Lolli said parents will be contacted if their students are affected.

This is an ongoing story and WDTN.com will update it as more information becomes available.

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