Queens Mom Rushes To Pick Up Her Kids During Bus Strike
The strike by school bus drivers and matrons is taking a toll on students and their parents, but none so much as students with disabilities and the mothers and fathers who have to struggle to try to get them to school. NY1's Ruschell Boone followed one mother as she picked up her three daughters from different schools.
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Carolyn Nagler is about to use her friend's car to pick up her daughter, Violet.
Violet is autistic, and getting her to and from school in Harlem is not easy for this Queens mom, who has two other daughters. She relies on her mother and friends for help.
She can pick up her other daughter in Harlem as early as 2 p.m., but the other girls get out of school in Queens at 2:45 p.m.
NY1 followed her as she raced out the door, to the car, and to Violet's school. Some days, she has to take the train.
"I wonder how long I can do this for," she said. "I wonder how long us parents can do this."
Especially since Violet, like so many other autistic children, attends school year round. After picking her up, she rushed back to Queens.
The stress was mounting as she drove, but Nagler made it right at 2:45 p.m. She was worried she would be delayed like she was in the morning.
Nagler said the strike is taking a toll on her other daughters.
"They were having an open house at my daughter's school, and they've done it in the morning," Nagler said. "I promised to go every morning this week, and I haven't managed to go because I haven't been back in time."
She caught the last five minutes on Thursday, but that was enough for the girls.
"She made it," said Madeline Nagler. "That was good news."
But after a few smiles, Madeline looked worried. She's concerned that her mother and sister will be back on the train next week.
"Especially because of the 10-minute walk from the subway to the school afterwards," she said. "It's hard."
Carolyn Nagler said she'll continue to try to borrow the car, but the question is: for how long?