The day after a six-year-old student was killed on his way to P.S. 206 in Harlem, parents complained about the heavy volume of trucks, especially since 2009, when the East River Plaza mall opened a block away.
Although many parents support the drivers’ concerns about job security, a yellow bus strike will throw finely honed schedules into chaos.
Education officials are spreading the word via the media and old-fashioned letters in the backpack to inform families of the city’s protocol for an expected school bus strike. Even with the information blast, there are many open questions about which routes will be affected and how long the strike may last.
More than 150,000 students face major disruptions to their school commute this week as the union representing many school bus drivers called a strike starting Wednesday morning. The union wants to protect the jobs of experienced bus drivers and matrons when the city seeks new bids on expiring bus contracts.
Public school parents are worrying a yellow bus strike could occur at any time. We can’t predict the future but we do have answers to some commonly asked questions, including why this is even an issue.
Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott accused the union representing school bus drivers of trying to scare parents, and said the city remains prepared if the union strikes over new bids and the lack of job protection for some bus drivers.
A new school year means 7,000 yellow buses rolling through the streets each day, moving 160,000 students. It also means confusion about bus routes, especially during the first few weeks of school. Hear parents’ stories and find out how you can get help if you’re experiencing trouble on your bus route.
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