Courtesy of:  Roberto Cruz  @ Poughkeepsie Journal

Bus service for the Rhinebeck Central School District will be provided in a limited capacity this afternoon, a posting on the
Rhinebeck Central School District website said. 

High school and middle school bus routes 1, 2, 5, 6, 8, and 11 will be available, the posting said. At the elementary school, bus routes 22, 23, 24, 25, and 26 will be available. 

School bus drivers who serve the Rhinebeck and Spackenkill school districts and the Dutchess Board of Cooperative Educational Services are once again on strike, protesting what they say are unsafe working conditions and abysmal
employee turnover.

Bus transportation to Rhinebeck schools this morning was not available in its usual capacity, a statement on the Rhinebeck Central School District website said. School officials advised parents to be prepared to provide transportation for their students this morning, leaving this afternoon’s bus service in question.

Rhinebeck High School Principal Ed Davenport said from his vantage point, no bus transportation was provided to the high school this morning. He said school officials remain hopeful to have transportation available this afternoon, but  they are planning to deal with increased traffic if none is available. 

Teamsters Local 445 business agent Lori Polesel says there will continue “to be unrest” from her union until Durham School Services, the contractor that provides bus transportation to the districts and Dutchess BOCES, addresses their concerns.

“They continue to put profit over safety,” Polesel said.

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Courtesy of:  Seth Augenstein/The Star-Ledger

A school bus and a car crashed this morning and landed 10 children and the bus driver in the hospital for observation of non-life threatening injuries, police say.
The accident occurred at Grove and Grain streets at 8:27 a.m., according to detective Eugenio Gonzalez. Police would not comment on how the accident occurred.

Officers responded to the scene, and EMS personnel evaluated the 10 school-age children and the driver, Gonzalez said.

The kids inside the school bus, as well as the two drivers, were transported to University Hospital for evaluation, the detective added.

No charges were filed or summonses

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