BANGOR — All Bangor schools will remain in remote learning through the rest of the month.
On Jan. 19, school officials announced that six different schools in the district will be moving to remote learning because a handful of school bus drivers had confirmed cases of COVID-19.
In less than a week’s time, the Bangor School Department Superintendent Kathy Harris Smedberg said the virus has spread enough that it has caused the entire district to go remote.
“We’re moving to remote because we had 11 bus drivers or monitors test positive for COVID-19. In addition, we’ve also had five confirmed cases within schools so we’ve had to do additional contact tracing,” she says.
Last week the school department sent out a survey asking how many families could provide their own transportation because of COVID-19 causing a bus driver shortage
Even after a majority of parents answered saying they could do it themselves, Harris-Smedberg says there were too many students left without rides to school.
“But because we still had a core of students who for some reason or another were not able to get transportation in, we couldn’t allow some students to come and others not,” she says.
She said the survey results came out with 400 out of 3,500 students still needing transportation.
This date is subject to change but she expects the school department to be back to in-person learning by Feb 1.