MASTIC BEACH, Long Island (WABC) -- The superintendent of one of Long Island's largest school districts is urging a resolution to a contract dispute that could leave thousands of students without a ride to school when classes start this coming week.
Parents in Mastic Beach's William Floyd school district are advised to make alternate plans for getting their children to school.
"The beginning of the school year causes a great deal of anxiety for anybody involved in school on a normal year," said William Floyd Schools Superintendent Kevin Coster. "Unfortunately due to this transportation issue, this may be anything but a normal opening for our students."
A newly-hired bus company has a shortage of drivers because of a pay dispute.
The district will offer one hour of child care before classes begin and at the end of the day to make things easier for working parents.
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Long Island parents urged to make alternate plans amid school bus dispute