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City education officials say they are ready for regular school bus service to resume Wednesday.

Drivers and matrons from the Amalgamated Transit Union ended their month-long strike on Friday.

Speaking to reporters Monday, Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott said he has spoken to bus companies and told them to be ready for full service when school resumes after the mid-winter break ends.

"We are glad to welcome back the local 1181 drivers and matrons, and look forward to them returning to their normal routine. Their children have missed them, and we need them back to provide the necessary services so that way, our children can get to school," Walcott said.

Education officials said they are notifying parents but warn there could be some disruptions.

Students who were assigned a new route will continue on that until further notice.

Some Pre-K and non-public school routes will resume Tuesday.

"We rerouted approximately 800 special education students during the strike and we will contact each family directly to avoid additional confusion," Walcott said.

The schools chancellor said all MetroCards issued by the city will expire Wednesday and urged parents to return them with students.

Walcott said the city actually saved about $80 million despite spending nearly $21 million helping students get to school.

The ATU ended the strike at the urging of the five likely Democratic mayoral candidates who vowed to revisit the union's concerns if elected.

Those concerns about the city's refusal to guarantee longstanding seniority protections were not addressed.

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