Troy schools go online

TROY — Troy City Schools had to close its doors on Tuesday and go to virtual learning due to the lack of school bus drivers and staff in relation to the coronavirus pandemic. School officials addressed the decision at its regular board meeting Monday.

Piper said the district was in need of substitute bus drivers prior to the pandemic. With the requirements of quarantine, there were not enough bus drivers to complete the district’s routes on Tuesday. Drivers completed their routes late afternoon on Monday and then received information to quarantine and the administration then made the call to shift to online learning on Tuesday.

On Tuesday, school administrators announced the following plan for the immediate future:

• Students in grades sixth through 12th will continue remote learning through Nov. 18 and return to in-person learning Nov. 19

• Students in grades kindergarten through fifth will return to in-person learning Wednesday, Nov. 11

• Students at Concord Elementary School only will begin in-person learning one1 hour early and dismiss one hour early.

“We’re learning on the fly,” Piper said at Monday’s board meeting.

All students who attend schools outside of the district but use Troy City Schools transportation will still be able to use Troy City Schools buses to get to and from school.

• Piper thanked all the supporters of the district’s proposed 0.25 percent earned income tax levy, which failed on Nov. 3. The levy was turned down with 53.6 percent against and 46.4 percent in support of the levy that would have generated $2 million per year for the district. Amid the pandemic, Piper said the campaign staff attempted multiple avenues to educate the public about the funding needs including Facebook Live, which generated attendance of about 35 people.

Piper said he will be scheduling a work session with the board to discuss how the district will go forward. Board member Sue Borchers said there’s a need to focus on communication issues to help educate residents of Troy about issues such as the levy that was defeated.

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