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Bus Strike's End Welcome News For Struggling Students, Parents

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One hundred and fifty thousand children will be riding school buses Wednesday after the Presidents' Day break now that the bus strike is over, which has a lot of parents and kids breathing a sigh of relief. NY1's Polly Kreisman filed the following report.

Maya Cornejo rides a bus for special needs kids from Forest Hills to Roosevelt Island.
She was lucky. She only missed two days of school, even in bad weather, during the month-long bus strike.

"We've done all sorts of carpools and shared rides, and parents really banded together through this," said Wendy Wisk, Cornejo's mother. "But there's no way that children were not impacted in varying degrees, depending on what their personal situation and their community situation was."

The family spent about $1,700 in cabs and subways over the last month. Most if it will be reimbursed, but they still had to pay it out.

Plus, the stress of making sure a ride was in place and the latest information was received cannot be downplayed.

"I think it was a little bit crazy, too, because she had to be on a lot of phone calls to get the taxis here," Cornejo said. "I had to miss school today because there was no one to pick me up today."

That should be the last time that happens through the end of the school year. Both mom and daughter will be happy to see that yellow bus drive up next week.

"I have no criticism for my personal bus driver," Wisk said. "I know her by first name, and I can't wait to see her and hug her. I miss her personally. Bus drivers, in general, we supported through this, despite the fact that it was a huge inconvenience, because if we don't support them now, then what happens next year when we end up with a bunch of new ones that don't know our kids, our schools or our roads?"

The current contract expires in June. The city is currently considering contracts for September.

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