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Boston schools to stop opening 1 hour early

Boston schools will open at their regular times this week instead of an hour early, ending a temporary measure put in place last week after a surprise one-day bus strike.

But school officials are still encouraging parents and guardians to keep back-up transportation plans in place in case the buses stop rolling again.

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Interim Superintendent John McDonough said in a statement that school officials “remain on high alert,” but are “hopeful that bus service will proceed without any interruption.”

If disruptions do occur, school officials will notify parents by automated phone calls and by posting updates on the School Department’s website or on Twitter.

The bus drivers’ union and Veolia Corp., the private contractor that oversees the city’s four bus yards and fleet of buses, are continuing to discuss a myriad of issues raised by the union, many of which center around pay, benefits and treating workers with respect.

Veolia is also investigating some bus drivers who may have organized the one-day stoppage last Tuesday, and has already placed two workers, who are prominent union leaders, on leave. The bus drivers’ union contract forbids strikes, stoppages and slowdown, and any worker taking part in those activities could face discharge.

A Veolia spokeswoman said on Monday there were no new developments in the investigations.

The bus drivers union could not be reached for comment.

James Vaznis can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @globevaznis.
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