Even after all the snow just stopped coming down on Thursday night our staff dug themselves out and were in bright and early for their students!……
– They even brought breakfast for each other!
Click on this link: “Base Companies Participating in Assignment of Payment Process” to find a list compiled by the Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) of car services and other transportation providers who have agreed to participate in the program established by the NYCDOE to pay, at the parents’ direction, private transportation providers for the cost of transporting eligible students during the strike so parents don’t have to advance these costs out-of-pocket.
REMINDER: This option is only available at parents’ request for families of students who (1) are eligible for free or reduced price lunch, and (2) have specialized transportation on their IEP and are unable to use public transportation.
January 4, 2013
Dear Parents and Guardians,
I want to update you on the possibility of disruption in yellow bus service, which may impact your child. I am deeply concerned about the impact of a strike on our students and families and want to make sure you are prepared in the event one occurs.
As I mentioned in my letter before the holiday break, we have issued a bid to secure new yellow bus contracts to transport children with disabilities for the 2013-2014 school year. Our current contracts for these bus services will expire at the end of June and competitive bidding will result in the best service at the best price for the City. Please be assured that the bid also will include the same safety provisions that are in place today. Safety is our top priority and will continue to be so under new contracts.
The bus drivers’ and escorts’ union has told us that if the bid does not include an Employee Protection Provision, which the court ruled is illegal to include in our bus bid, then they may strike. A service disruption or strike would affect our most vulnerable children with disabilities the hardest and their families. It also would affect all families and their children who rely on yellow bus service and especially those children whose education was interrupted due to Hurricane Sandy. If there is a strike or service disruption, the following protocols will take effect for families of students who currently receive yellow bus service:
In the event of a strike, we will let families know as quickly as possible. This would include automatic calls to homes. Any information about disruptions to bus service will be posted on our web site at schools.nyc.gov. I urge parents and guardians whose children rely on yellow bus service to regularly check the website for updates. The information will also be provided to the media and to 311.
Dennis M. Walcott Chancellor