My daughter forwarded the following letter she received from Rabbi Kessler, menahel of Yeshiva Ketana of Queens, regarding the possible yellow school bus strike which could affect thousands of our children.
We are writing to inform you of the possibility of a disruption in yellow bus service after January 1, which will impact all of our children. The New York City Department of Education is issuing a bid to secure new yellow bus contracts to transport children for the 2013–2014 school year. The bus drivers’ and escorts’ union has said that if the bid does not include an employee protection provision, a measure which guarantees their workers civil service-type seniority rights, they may strike. This would result in disruptions, or possibly complete discontinuance, of yellow bus service. Please have a carpool contingency plan in place. All students who currently receive yellow bus service may receive a MetroCard. MetroCards will be available Wednesday at schools and should be requested through the school’s office. Any information we have about disruptions to bus service will be posted at schools.nyc.gov. We urge parents 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. If you have further questions about this matter, please call the pupil transportation hotline at 718-392-8855.