UPDATE: Bath County Schools halts in-person instruction through Sept. 17 amid transportation staff shortage

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UPDATE 6:47 p.m.: Parents will have the ability to pick up school materials at the elementary schools.

Bath County Public Schools will be setting up a drive-thru on Wednesday, Sept. 8 from noon- 5 p.m. Teachers will also communicate schedules to parents and/or students. This is all part of the plan as the school district moves to virtual learning.

Parents who cannot pick up materials are asked to contact the school.

UPDATE 11:33 a.m.: Bath County Public Schools is pausing in-person instruction through next Friday as the school district reports a transportation staff shortage, as well as a dozen COVID-19 cases and more than 50 quarantines among students and staff.

According to the school district — in collaboration with the local health department — in-person learning is suspended from Wednesday, Sept. 8 through Friday, Sept. 17.

This news comes after Bath County schools were closed on Tuesday, Sept. 7 because the lack of transportation employees prevents the operation of school bus routes. School officials say that shortage is expected to continue through next week.

As of this weekend, the school district says there are approximately nine students and three staff members who tested positive for the virus. In addition, approximately 49 students and four staff members are currently under quarantine.

However, school officials expect the majority of these individuals will be able to return to school or work by the end of next week.

Vaccinated staff members and vaccinated students age 12 or older who are considered close contacts are required to wear masks and monitor for COVID-19 symptoms, but they are not required to quarantine, according to Bath County Public Schools.

Elementary and high school employees are expected to reach out to parents and students about assignments and virtual attendance requirements.

In the meantime, school officials say that participation in athletic and extracurricular activities during the next two weeks is currently under review.

Tuesday night’s school board meeting has also been postponed, but the new date and location will be announced in the future.

BATH COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — A school district in the Alleghany Highlands will be closed on Tuesday because of a staff shortage.

Bath County Public Schools says the closure on Tuesday, Sept. 7 is the result of a lack of transportation employees.

A number of other schools in southwest Virginia are either closed or operating virtually on Tuesday. That includes Pulaski County Middle School, which also attributed decision to a staffing shortage, and Craig County Public Schools, which did not provide a reason for the closure.

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