COVID Updates: Nov.17

COVID-19 Communication Update: Thanksgiving, Bus Transportation
Posted on 11/16/2020
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covid communication update for 11.17Stay Safe over Thanksgiving Break

In the weeks following Halloween and the remote learning practice days, the district has seen an increase in positive cases of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The origin of many of these cases have been traced back to social gatherings outside of school.

As Thanksgiving break approaches, please keep in mind that wearing masks and avoiding large social gatherings helps prevent the spread of COVID-19. Additionally, it is recommended that anyone traveling out of the country or to a state with a positivity rate over 15% quarantines for 14 days upon returning home. Click here to view the Ohio Department of Health’s current COVID-19 travel advisory.

Transportation Preparedness

On Nov. 6, parents were advised that Lakota’s transportation partner, Petermann, is concerned about driver absences related to COVID-19. Lakota’s chief operations officer, Chris Passarge, shared in an email to parents that, although Petermann does employ substitute drivers, “a surge in driver absences could result in not having enough drivers to cover Lakota’s routes.” 

Passarge explained that “the purpose of this email is not to alarm (parents), but to ask (them) to plan ahead should (their) child’s bus route be impacted. Similar to a snow day, we may not know about an impacted route until the early morning hours.”

When a route cannot be covered, principals communicate this information with their families. “While we will do our best to shift drivers and continue to run our bus routes, we ask that parents have an alternative plan in place to get their student to and from school,” said Passarge.