Dozens of absent bus drivers send Oswego students into remote learning

Dozens of absent bus drivers send Oswego students into remote learning
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — Junior high and high school students in Oswego Community Unit School District 308 were forced into remote learning Tuesday due to a large number of bus driver absences.

A district spokesperson tells WBBM 33 bus drivers called out sick Tuesday morning; it’s about a third of their bus driver staff.

The absences come just one day after District 308 started requiring weekly COVID-19 testing for unvaccinated employees.

The district is now trying to figure out if the unusual number of absences is some sort of "sick out" tied to the new coronavirus protocols.

Meanwhile, District 308 sent out a letter to parents explaining that all high school and junior high buildings would be closed on Tuesday, and students will be learning remotely.

The district also warned elementary school buses may be delayed and hoped the remote learning schedule would be just for Tuesday.

East View Academy, a public therapeutic day school for K-12 students with behavioral, emotional, or other disabilities, will have remote instruction for junior high and high school students, and in-person classes for elementary students.

After school practices will still be held in-person at the high school.