Families still struggling to deal with bus strike

February 14, 2013 3:15:08 PM PST
For students and their families who depend on busing, the strike is still a struggle.

"They need to come to the table, talk, compromise, but they really need to just be driving," said parent Laurie Rinaldi. Some students in wheelchairs are now getting to the P-10X Special Education school after staff members arranged for Access-A-Rode or car services. Some staffers even bring kids to school themselves.

"The staff really have stepped up their game and really made phone calls and contacts to get the students in because we're worried about our kids," said Principal Barbara Hanson.

Devon Davis had adjustment issues on his first day at school since the strike began. The six-year-old has autism and severe physical challenges.

"It's been hard, because we're stuck in the house all the time because of Devon's disabilities," said parent Tamika Davis.

Citywide, attendance is up since the strike began but in the smaller percentage of absentees, it means half of this class is missing.

The strike has hurt outside activities. A performance for school kids of "The Mask of Zorro" at The New Victory Theater would not have happened Thursday without a new fundraising drive for private busing.

Meanwhile Devon and his Mom got a ride, but there are no guarantees for the days ahead.

There is still no sign of when the school bus strike will end.

CLICK HERE to visit the New Victory Theater site. ---
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