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Broken Arrow parents concerned over lack of crossing guards as school year approaches

Posted at 5:38 PM, Aug 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-09 19:28:00-04

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. -- Parents in one Oklahoma school district are concerned over the lack of crossing guards as the school year quickly approaches.

In total, the district eliminated about 20 percent of its bus routes. Now, some students will be forced to walk to school.

The cuts come amid $7.3 million in budget cuts. Students living a mile and a half from the school can no longer take the bus, but rather have to find other means of transportation.

Next week, Alisha Rupp says her children will be walking to school.

“You’ve got high school traffic, you’ve got the preschool traffic, you’ve got the elementary school traffic plus all the people that are going to work in the morning, it’s crazy.”

Now, she's reaching out to the district and the city to see what can be done. “There’s no way I’m going to let her walk a half a mile to school by herself, so we’re either going to walk or ride our bikes.”

City officials say once school starts they will have to see if there is a need for an additional crossing guard.

Students in Broken Arrow start school next Thursday. For more information on your student's bus route, click here.

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