Clayton parents were informed at the last minute that students living less than a mile and a half away from their assigned school must walk unless the area is deemed hazardous, leaving no opportunity to protest and little time to determine the safest route for their child to walk.
Parents have legitimate concerns. There are plenty of older neighborhoods without sidewalks, forcing pedestrians into the street. I live off of a major two-lane road with a 2-3 mile stretch from a Tara Boulevard stoplight to the next stop sign, which means any kid crossing in between does so at their own risk. Drivers on that road are very aggressive (especially during the morning rush) and little leeway is offered to anyone attempting to cross.
Water drainage is also an issue making it difficult to drive, much less walk, in some areas, and with daylight savings time on the horizon, it will soon get dark earlier.
While this transportation policy may have already been in place, it had not been enforced. CCPS is encouraging parents to let the Transportation Department know of any issues or concerns on their child’s route to school by calling 770.473.2819.
And the good news is, they are working with parents to make sure kids get to school safely. “As we’ve received calls we have readjusted bus routes, so there would be a longer ride in some instances for children,” says CCPS Chief Operations Officer Cephus Jackson. “Parents have made us aware of situations that we weren’t aware of before.”
Nobody can deny the benefits of walking. Hey, most of us walked to school and survived, right? Personally, I’d rather see bus service cut than anything related to the classroom.
Your thoughts? Parents, what are your concerns about the route your child would walk in order to get to school? Has the Transportation Department helped to get your child on a new route?