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Families In Jamaica Sound Off On Upcoming School Bus Strike

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With the school bus union planning to strike on Wednesday, parents in the Jamaica section of Queens were worried Monday night on how their children were about getting their kids to school. NY1's Agnes Chung filed the following report.

Many students at P.S. 30 in the Jamaica section of Queens were worried Monday to hear that their bus will not be picking them up for school Wednesday morning.

"We can't go on the school bus. How are we going to get to school?" said one student.

"I don't know how my mom is going to handle this because, you know, it's far," said another.

Although the school bus union has been threatening to strike for weeks, parents were upset to hear that a date was set.

They said the city and the union should put the kids first.

"It will definitely affect our kids here at this school. We have a lot of kids who take the school bus and it's a very important thing that they think about the children first. They need to come to school - they need an education," said a parent. "They need to make up for the days they missed because of the hurricane.

"Kids aren't a priority, it don't seem like," said another parent.

Although Department of Education officials said they have a contingency plan to give out MetroCards and reimburse for cabs during the strike, parents who took their children to school said they are already extending a hand to those who might need a lift.

"I drive my grandson back and forth every day so anybody in my neighborhood who needs a ride, I'll be glad to give them a ride back and forth before the strike is over," said a student's grandfather.

Parents and students hoped they did not have to make those kinds of arrangements for long.

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