Oct 5 Bronx workshop & other School Bus News

Thursday, September 19, 2019 8:36:00 AM
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Contents of this Update from Parents to Improve School Transportation

1. Oct 5 Bronx workshop/Talleres el 5 de oct en el Bronx

2. Sep 20 Climate strike

3. School bus news (GPS; other problems; Parent/Driver unity)

1

PIST & Comite Timon will co host a day of workshops soon:

Know Your Rights around School Busing & Special Education

11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. El Maestro Inc.

1300 Southern Blvd, Bronx     

There will be hot food. Reserve childcare if needed, at  646-610-9222  

Nearest subway station with an elevator is Simpson St. 2 & 5 train. From there, take the Bx19 bus up Southern Blvd towards the Botanical Gardens. 

If you don't need an elevator, get out at next stop on the 2 or 5, Freeman Ave 

 

See and share https://www.facebook.com/events/427776407852539/

 

Bilingual flyer attached and at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1GV-uCWnHNm65UizK1kk8bYv_Wo-C6uARWiprbz9g3bk/edit?usp=sharing

 

2

Electric buses and the Climate Justice movement

Student #ClimateStrike is tomorrow Friday Sept 20

As we said on our twitter @pistnyc : We support green/electric school buses and all measures that will #savetheplanet.

 

NYC Schools Chancellor will not penalize students who leave school to join the events that afternoon with permission signed by parents.

School bus parents if you are picking up a child to do this, maybe alert the bus crew & company & school aides who meet the bus, not just the morning of but the day before, in case someone is out or something else falls thru the cracks.

 Info here https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Khac4RYCU7ieNafylElPh_xMi0AGxkI5X6hxkjYLsJQ/edit

 

GPS or lack of it, in the news:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=15&v=CIiCjW0YOdE&fbclid=IwAR2I2yUyudsOKR5AoSWcwv7-oECkLWoPMzC20RecceNDWAHPtEMFSgGEJjI

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=na-R7kBDCP4&feature=youtu.be

 

Experienced drivers are telling PIST that: 

There are not enough mechanics to fix things in general, but also The mechanics don’t install nor fix the GPS that’s an outside contractor.

There are two different GPS. The special ed buses have Garmins installed with a screen that the driver has to log in to every day. They were not put in by mechanics but by a private firm.

The new GPS are hidden and are turned on automatically. Not sure who installed those.

Also they're consolidating runs !!!! Making it almost impossible to get to schools on time!!! Our runs have 5-7 schools on them...

 

Other coverage of school bus problems, not sent last time

https://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/ny-nyc-school-bus-delays-breakdowns-increase-special-education-student-20190825-zvvx47czbngejlkqw7va2binga-story.html

 

https://pix11.com/2019/09/13/bus-stop-chaos-continues-in-queens

 

Other issues that are NOT making headlines:

Shortage of drivers! 

As of Sept 7 there were about 200 vacancies for drivers.

At our Oct 5 meeting we hope to have questions & answers on how people can apply and train to become unionized NYC school bus drivers. 

 

Shelter routes

At the start of this school year, about 100 drivers were placed on routes to serve students in the shelter system. We support the right to busing so children in temporary housing may keep attending one school. 

Since these routes often involve long distances, they need to be done with extra care -- not to zig zag all over and put the riders through more stress. 

 

Parent/driver unity at Labor Parade

PIST NYC and Comite Timon were represented in the contingent of the Amalgamated Transit Union local 1181 1061 on Saturday Sept 7 at the citywide labor parade. 

Many onlookers cheered for our sign that read RESPECT school bus riders' civil rights, School bus workers' jobs. We learned some things about this school year's busing situation...Also it was fun! See https://www.facebook.com/pistnyc/photos/a.122497064495469/2415644531847366/?type=3&theater

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