THE BRONX - A 9-year-old disabled Bronx girl is finally back at school this week for the first time since yellow bus drivers walked off the job.

Joy Williams says she was notified over the weekend that the Department of Education (DOE) set up a wheelchair accessible school bus on a modified route to pick up her daughter, Verona. The young girl is blind and a quadriplegic, and was unable to travel to school for nearly three weeks.

The DOE's Department of Pupil Transportation had tried to help the family by setting Verona up with Access-a-Ride, but Williams said it wasn't a safe option.

The new bus service will continue to help Verona for as long as the strike continues. Members of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1181 began their strike 20 days ago in a fight for job security guarantees in new contracts.