Bangor Schools go remote Tuesday due to shortage of bus drivers

Published: Jan. 19, 2021 at 6:41 AM EST
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BANGOR, Maine (WABI) - Bangor Schools switched to remote learning Tuesday.

Interim superintendent Kathy Harris-Smedberg says seven drivers with Cyr Bus Line were either quarantining due to positive COVID-19 test results or called out sick with other illnesses.

The school department will be reaching out to families of students who are considered close contacts.

Bangor High School, James F. Doughty School, Mary Snow School, Fairmount School, and Vine Street School will continue with remote learning for the remainder of the week and reopen on Monday.

Abraham Lincoln School, Bangor Regional Program, Downeast School, Fourteenth Street School, Fruit Street School, and the William S. Cohen School will resume in-person instruction Wednesday.

Buses will run for those schools, but parents and guardians are encouraged to transport their children if possible.

”With the shortage of drivers in the best of times, then when you add COVID and seasonal sickness into that, it just makes for a very complex situation.” said Harris-Smedberg

Bangor isn’t the only school district dealing with this issue.

Monday, MSAD 51 in Cumberland and North Yarmouth decided to switch to remote learning for the rest of the week due to a shortage of drivers.

Cyr Bus Line did not return requests for comment.

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