UPDATE: 7 of 9 Bellefontaine bus routes reopen after bus drivers test positive

Bellefontaine bus drivers quarantining due to COVID-19 exposure after discussing routes together without masks

BELLEFONTAINE — UPDATE

Bellefontaine City Schools will be able to provide all busing routes except for two beginning Wednesday.

The school initially planned to close all nine routes for two weeks as the nine bus drivers quarantined.

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They are now using substitute drivers, reassigning drivers, and the transportation supervisor will be driving two routes to make up for the shortage.

The two routes that are still closed are the ones with the fewest riders.

Superintendent Brad Hall says kids who ride the bus do not need to quarantine unless they have been contacted by the Logan County Health District.

Currently, one bus of 21 students are quarantining due to the fact they did not have masks on and all other buses require masks to be worn by students.

INITIAL

Bellefontaine City Schools is asking some parents to provide transportation for their children to the classroom after being notified of a COVID-19 exposure.

The district was notified Monday of the exposure, which impacted the majority of the transportation department.

“It has resulted in the 14-day quarantine of nine of our bus drivers,” the district said in a Facebook post. “While we realize this is a huge inconvenience, we need to continue to have school. In order for us to have school, parents are being asked to provide transportation to and from school each day.”

The bus drivers got together without masks to discuss their routes, said the district superintendent.

Three of the district’s buses will continue with their normal routes.

The district is planning to have all buses resume on Oct. 19.