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January 8, 2021
DCPS Preschool Families -
As you know, we are planning to return to in-person learning at our elementary and middle schools on Monday, Jan. 11. That plan is still in place for grades K-8 but unfortunately, as our district experiences a critical shortage of staffing in our Transportation Department, we have had to make the difficult decision to postpone a return to in-person learning for PRESCHOOL students until Tuesday, Jan. 19.
We are working on a plan to resolve this problem - but there is no guarantee we will be able to find a solution. State law requires that all school buses transportation preschoolers must have both a driver and a monitor on board. At this time, we do not have enough drivers and monitors to meet these requirements.
As this letter is written, we have nine open positions among our bus drivers and also several employees in that department on quarantine. As COVID-19 continues to be present in our community, we simply must accept that school employees are also susceptible to becoming infected and/or having to quarantine based on exposure.
If you or anyone you know is interested in applying for a position with the DCPS Transportation Department, we’re hiring! These positions offer paid training and great benefits with a starting pay of $15.30 per hour … plus the reward of knowing you are literally putting kids on the road to success. Submit an application online at https://daviess.tedk12.com/hire/ViewJob.aspx?JobID=5157 or call 270-852-7080 to learn more.
In the meantime: We will continue to provide remote learning for preschool students next week (Jan. 11-15). We will communicate with parents by Thursday evening (Jan. 14) to let you know whether we will be able to return our preschoolers to school on Tuesday, Jan. 19. (Reminder: There is no school on Monday, Jan. 18.)
Please be assured that we are doing everything we can to return preschoolers to the classroom within the limitations of available transportation and staffing challenges. Your patience and understanding is appreciated. We hope to see your child in our schools again soon!