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Dryden schools go remote due to COVID cases, lack of bus drivers, and quarantine issues

Due to a dramatic uptick in COVID-19 cases over Thanksgiving break the Dryden Central School District is going remote.

Throughout the week remote learning will be the standard for students there. The goal for the district will be to return to in-person instruction at the end of the week.

The decision came after officials learned six students tested positive for COVID. “Those cases initiated a quarantine of several of our bus routes which also quarantined several of our transportation staff,” Superintendent Joshua Bacigalupi explained.

Like so many other districts, a lack of bus drivers ultimately led the district to the remote decision.

“I didn’t feel with that many students that needed to be quarantined and the health department struggling to keep up with that notification even with our help, I was uncomfortable with the idea that there would be students that showed up today that was possibly missing contact tracing that would need to be quarantined later,” he added.

He says 70% of students in grades 6-12 are fully-vaccinated.

“We’re gonna continue to really minimize disruptions to learning and to daily life…but at the end of the day we have a responsibility to keep students and staff safe,” Bacigalupi added.