Westfield Washington Schools released a statement Aug. 11 confirming there were four cases of COVID-19 in the district. The diagnosed individuals are employees of the transportation department and are home and in isolation.
Those who are considered close contacts have been notified and are required to self-quarantine at home. Those individuals will not return to work until they’ve met all of the required safety criteria to return, including isolating at home and being symptom free.
Due to employees being quarantined and in isolation, the district is experiencing a bus driver shortage and some routes will be doubled in order to transport all students to school. Drivers will run their assigned routes and after dropping students at school, they will run an additional route. This will result in longer delays than normal because drivers will be disinfecting buses before they run their second route.
Families with a double-routed bus route will be notified by the transportation department. Students who are late to school will not be marked as tardy.