Dear Parent or Guardian,
We are writing to inform you of the possibility of a disruption in yellow bus service after the holidays, which may impact your child.
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. Our current contracts for these bus services will expire at the end of June 2013 and it is important that we move forward now to secure new contracts.
The bus drivers’ and escorts’ union has told us that if the bid does not include an Employee Protection Provision—a measure which guarantees their workers civil service-type seniority rights in the event that their current employers do not win the new bid—they may strike. This would result in severe disruptions, or possibly complete discontinuance, of yellow bus service.
We are deeply concerned about the impact of a strike on our students and families and we want you to be prepared in the event one occurs.
In the event that a strike occurs, the following protocols will take effect for families of students who currently receive yellow bus service:
It is important that every parent or guardian evaluate the needs of his or her child in terms of making the best arrangements to transport their child to school. Students who arrive to school late because of disruptions to yellow bus service will be excused for up to two hours. Children who are unable to attend school because of disruptions to yellow bus service will be marked absent with an explanation code that will ensure their attendance record is not negatively impacted.
We regret the possibility of what could be a major disturbance in the lives of students and their families. We continue to hope that the bus drivers’ and escorts’ union will not take such action in response to what is the proper, legal course of action for the Department of Education to take on behalf of our students and the City’s taxpayers.
Any information we have about disruptions to bus service will be posted on our web site at schools.nyc.gov. We urge parents and guardians whose children rely on yellow bus service to regularly check the web site for updates. The information will also be provided to the media and to 311.
If you have further questions about this matter, please call our Pupil Transportation Hotline at 718-392-8855. Sincerely,
Dennis M. Walcott Chancellor
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