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Bath County schools closed through September 17

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Published: Sep. 7, 2021 at 11:47 AM EDT
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BATH COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ) - Bath County Public Schools has stopped in-school instruction through Friday, September 17.

Schools are closed Tuesday because of a shortage of transportation staff that’s preventing the operation of school bus routes, according to the school district. That shortage is expected to continue through the 17th.

Furthermore, as of Labor Day weekend, there are about nine students and three staffers who have tested positive for COVID within the school district. About 49 students and four staff members are quarantined, according to the district. The majority of those people will be able to return to school or work by the end of next week.

Each elementary school will have a drive-thru for parents to pick up school materials Wednesday, September 8 from noon to 5:00. Every elementary student will have materials to pick up. If you cannot make it to the school Wednesday from noon to 5:00, you’re asked to contact the school.

Classroom teachers will communicate virtual schedules directly with parents and/or students.

Participation in athletic and extra-curricular events during the next two weeks is under review.

Vaccinated students 12 years and older, and staff considered to be close contacts, are required to wear masks and monitor for COVID symptoms, but they are not required to quarantine, per Bath County.

Tuesday night’s school board meeting has been postponed, with a new date and location to be announced.

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