New York City will provide school bus service for 100,000 on the first day of school, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday.
The city will provide 5,962 special education routes and 2,470 general education routes managed by 60 bus company contracts, the mayor said.
"School bus service will be available to all children who need it," de Blasio said. "Parents will have the information they need to get ready."
Safety meaures include social distancing, open windows, nightly cleaning and city-supplied personal protective equipment that include a stock of 300,000 masks, 10,000 face shields and 30,000 bottles of hand santizer, de Blasio said.
Families notifications will be sent out this week, de Blasio said.
The 100,000 school bus seats provided are 40,000 less than were available in 2019, which reflects a decrease in need, de Blasio said.
Only about 61 percent of public school students will participate in blended learning in school buildings while 39 percent will learn from home, according to Department of Education Chancellor Richard Carranza.
This news comes less than two weeks before New York City public schools are slated to reopen on September 21 and one day before schools were supposed to reopen.
The city will also be providing free childcare for 30,000 students, about 70,000 less than the mayor promised in July.