Durham scheduling error led to lost football games

<p><p>A scheduling error by the transportation provider for Spokane Public Schools led to a pair of canceled junior varsity football games last week and the near loss of the season opener for the Rogers High School varsity team.</p></p><p><p>“We apologize for the unfortunate transportation situation that recently caused students to miss their scheduled game,” the district said in a message sent to families.</p></p><p><p>“Sports are an important part of the high school experience, and we regret causing disappointment and inconvenience for families.”</p></p><p><p>The district said it has followed up with Durham School Services and that Durham has “acknowledged their error.”</p></p><p><p>Junior varsity games canceled last week were Lewis and Clark against Central Valley, and Ferris vs. Shadle Park.</p></p><p><p>On Saturday, the Rogers varsity team couldn’t get a bus to go to a road game at Lakeside in Nine Mile Falls.</p></p><p><p>Lakeside sent its own buses to pick up the Rogers players.</p></p><p><p>“Moving forward, Durham will follow all established protocols to ensure that teams receive transportation to their scheduled events,” the statement concluded.</p></p><p><p>Durham officials did not respond Tuesday to telephone messages requesting comment.</p></p><p><p>Durham provides transportation for about 6,000 regular education students and more than 800 special education students in the Spokane district.</p></p><p><p>The bus provider was under scrutiny earlier this year from a COVID-19 outbreak that led to <a href=”https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2021/aug/26/durham-faces-7000-fine-for-serious-covid-19-safety” target=”_blank”>a $7,000 fine it planned to appeal</a>.</p></p>