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Mayor Bill de Blasio updates families on school bus service for NYC schools

Families are being looped in starting today.

Danielle Valente

As the return to school approaches, many families are wondering about transportation options for their children. 

During today's press briefing, Mayor Bill de Blasio addressed the school bus procedures for the upcoming term. 

"Today we announce that school bus service will be back and will be available to all children who need it," he said.

Beginning Sept 21, 100,000 seats will be available: The city is working with 60 bus companies and will have 5,962 special education routes and 2,470 general education routes. Families are being notified about routes for their children beginning today; by the end of the week, all families are expected to be updated. 

New safety measures will be in place for riders: Windows will remain open, all adults and children on the bus are required to wear masks, social distancing measures will be in place and cleanings will take place every evening. Each bus company has been provided with the proper PPE equipment, which includes 300,000 masks, 10,000 face shields, 30,000 hand sanitizers and electrostatic sprayers.

Be sure to check in with for more information. Have a look at the 2020-2021 calendar, take a gander at after-school programs (pods, virtual classes, etc.) and get homeschooling tips from the experts. 

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