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Providence school bus drivers prepare to strike as talks end

September 21, 2018

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Bus drivers for Providence public schools have notified the city they’re prepared to strike after contract negotiations stalled.

Providence schools said Friday that families who rely on the bus company First Student should make alternative plans to get their children to and from school.

Officials said the Teamsters Union notified the city of the planned Thursday strike. The Teamsters said they are willing to meet with First Student any time to avoid a work stoppage.

School officials said elementary school children who normally ride the bus will be released only to adults authorized for pick up and who can show a photo ID.

Middle school children may be released without an adult if their parents sign and return a waiver.

Schools will also consider absences of student bus riders for the first days of a strike to be “excused absences.”

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