COVID-19 see-saw for parents continues as districts face transportation issues, rising cases

COVID-19 see-saw for parents continues as districts face transportation issues, rising cases

MIAMI VALLEY — As parents continue to grapple with the ever-changing landscape of education in the COVID-19 world, districts are also having to make difficult decisions as cases rise and impact staffing.

That’s something Troy Superintendent Chris Piper says this week they’ve had to deal with when several bus drivers were forced off the job for an extended period due to COVID-19. It forced Piper to have to move grades 6 through 12 to online learning for the next week.

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“The reason we chose them is because those students typically need more help, they are less independent than our older students. It made sense to have the with face-to-face instruction while our older students learned virtually,” Piper said.

Troy is not the only district facing staffing issues.

Fairborn City Schools are still learning in-person, but the district announced its unable to provide bus transportation until the end of November. In an effort to try and fix the issue, the school plans to increase substitute pay for bus drivers, aides and custodians to $15 an hour.

Also this week, Huber Heights, West Carrollton and Vandalia-Butler Schools announced they are temporarily moving to remote learning, due to the number of staff and students having to quarantine under the health guidelines.

Piper says with every positive case in Troy, about 10-15 other students have to quarantine.

The state released the latest weekly data from area school districts Thursday afternoon, below are some highlights:

  • Springfield: 8 students, 8 staff
  • Beavercreek: 9 students, 3 staff
  • Bellbrook: 7 students, 2 staff
  • Xenia: 7 students, 1 staff
  • Centerville: 5 students, 5 staff
  • Huber Heights: 3 students, 7 staff
  • Miamisburg: 14 students, 6 staff
  • Preble-Shawnee: 6 students, 3 staff
  • Sidney: 6 students, 2 staff