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Boston school buses run normally, despite strike concerns

Boston school buses are running normally this morning, according to school officials, who were concerned that workers might walk off the job as they did earlier this month.

School officials were concerned after about 100 bus drivers protested outside the school bus yard on Freeport Street in Dorchester Saturday morning, said School Department spokesman Brian Ballou.

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“We were just concerned that it might cause some sort of disruption,” he said. “It wasn’t insignificant. We had a duty to families to let them know about it.”

He said the demonstration Saturday was led by the same “very, very small group” that appeared to have been behind the earlier strike.

But he also said the department hadn’t received any specific information that a strike was planned for today.

A notice posted on the department’s website cautioned, “Unfortunately we do not have complete confidence that service will continue every day. Parents should continue to have alternate plans in place.”

The notice said officials would send automated phone calls and update the department’s website in the event of a service disruption.

Drivers went on strike for one day on Oct. 8, leaving about 30,000 students without transportation. Union representatives have raised issues of benefits, payment, and fair treatment.

The school department this morning said parents could use the “Where’s My School Bus” app at schoolbus.bostonpublicschools.org to check the status of their bus, or call the Transportation Hotline at 617-635-9520 or the Mayor’s 24-Hour-Hotline at 617-635-4500 for more.

Globe correspondent Gal Tziperman Lotan contributed to this report.
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