THE BRONX - With a citywide school bus strike looming, the Department of Education has taken several steps to help parents get their kids to and from school. MetroCards will be issued to students who rely on yellow bus service, and the parents of children in kindergarten through second grade can also request MetroCards. The parents of special-needs students have the same option. Parents who drive or rely on taxi service can apply for transportation cost reimbursement.

School officials say any field trips that would utilize yellow buses would be canceled.For video of Mayor Bloomberg's speech on the potential bus strike, select iO Extra on Channel 612.BX parents worried as possible school bus strike loomsDOE yellow bus service information for parentsMayor Bloomberg's release ahead of bus strikeChancellor Wallcott's letter to parents