Shelton superintendent: COVID at bus company could impact in-person return Thursday

City of Shelton school buses parked in Shelton, Conn. June 7, 2018.

City of Shelton school buses parked in Shelton, Conn. June 7, 2018.

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SHELTON — Parents are being told their children may not have bus service Thursday after an undetermined number of employees were being tested for COVID-19.

Superintendent Ken Saranich said the Naugatuck Valley Health Department is currently working with the city-operated Shelton Student Transportation Service to contact trace. Officials did not specify how many people were affected or were in quarantine.

“As the bus company is a separate entity from the Shelton public school system, we are awaiting confirmation from them as to what impact this may have on our transportation of students when we return to school,” Saranich said. “As always, our focus is the safety and well being of our students and staff.”

On Tuesday, Saranich said, “I am hoping to hear from the Shelton Student Transportation Services within the next 24 hours. Then I will properly inform parents of my decision regarding Thursday.”

City bus company head Ken Nappi said any decisions on how many buses will run for Thursday’s return to school will be made on Tuesday.

Nappi did not comment on how many drivers have tested positive for COVID or are required to quarantine.

Saranich said if it is determined buses cannot run Thursday, he will give parents ample notice about students moving to distance learning.

brian.gioiele@hearstmediact.com