Sept 2019 School Bus News

Posted by Sara Thursday, September 05, 2019 9:04:00 AM

Parade, Workshop, Advice, Headlines

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School Bus News -  Parade, Workshop, Advice, Headlines

[La misma informacion en espanol estara al enlace http://www.pistnyc.org/noticias-de-la-guagua-escolar-septiembre-de-2019.aspx]
 
Parade Saturday Sep 7 March with us in Manhattan! PIST members will join the contingent of ATU 1181-1061 school bus attendants, drivers and mechanics in the NYC Labor Parade--as a new school year begins, with many promises but no guarantees.
Gathering 10 a.m. on West 47th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues. 
Look for yellow banner: DEFEND School bus riders' civil rights & school bus workers' jobs. 
 
Workshop Saturday Oct 5 Meet with us in the Bronx!  Workshops on IDEA rights to school busing & other special education services, fighting for decent routes for all, electric bus cooperative, what's up with GPS rollout.  
Save date and write back if you can give out flyers or publicize in any other way and/or if you need childcare to attend. 
11 am- 3 pm; still confirming ADA accessible venue near transit. 
 
Advice
1. Our advice on how to document and report violations can be found here http://www.pistnyc.org/updated-bus-complaint-advice-.aspx [CORRECTION; Queens boro director is now SJames6@schools.nyc.gov]
On the facebook, parents and drivers make suggestions about specific cases. 
 
2. OPT places route info here https://www.opt-osfns.org/opt/Resources/SchoolRouteStSearch/SearchResult.aspx?display=StudentOnly. We hear sequence number (order of pick up) was not included, while some dates of birth caused the system to choke. 
Always verify that school, company, and OPT have the same details about your child and school. 
 
3. OPT explanation of transportation rights is here
Our vision for a School Bus Bill of Rights is here http://pistnyc.org/bill-of-rights.aspx
 
4. Parents & staff developed a policy to make sure young children are not dropped at the wrong bus stop:
 
Headlines
1. Employment Protection Provisions to retain experienced professionals on the yellow bus is on Gov. Cuomo's desk. We feel it is in all our interest to have that signed ASAP. 
 
2. Will there be GPS on the bus your student rides? Will it work? Your guess is as good as ours right now. Read more here (and attend 10/5 workshop to discuss)
 
 
3. NYC school bus delays and breakdowns increased 73% in four years, with special education kids most impactedhttps://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/ny-nyc-school-bus-delays-breakdowns-increase-special-education-student-20190825-zvvx47czbngejlkqw7va2binga-story.html
 
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