Parents upset, worried about Avon bus policy

Parents want Avon schools to drop their new bus policy. (WISH Photo)

AVON, Ind. (WISH) — A policy aimed to keep kids safe while getting on the school bus has some parents worried it’s making things more dangerous.  This year, Avon continues to roll out its policy not allowing their buses to go in reverse. The goal is to prevent the buses from hitting students.

But when buses aren’t allowed to back up, they can’t go down a cul-de-sac or dead-end street.  That means some children who live at the end of those streets, have to walk further to the bus stop.

24-Hour News 8 talked to one mom who says her children now have to walk a quarter of a mile to get on the bus. Susan Miller is worried about her kids because her street doesn’t have sidewalks or street lights.

Miller is especially concerned about the walk this winter.

“In the winter time, our street is almost completely flooded. This will be full of a solid sheet of ice, all the way down and covered in snow. Cars that drive up and down our street if you can make it up and down our street you can’t even stop adequately,” said Miller.

Another worry is the location of the bus stop itself.  It’s in the middle of E. County Road 1050, where cross traffic doesn’t typically have to stop. While the speed limit is 35 miles per hour, parents said cars frequently travel 45-50 miles per hour. The place the bus comes to a stop is also between two hills. Neighbors said some parents are now driving their children to the bus stop, or pulling their kids off the bus and driving them to school.

“I’m just concerned because there’s all the hills, and sometimes people screech to a stop when i’m turning left. What if they run into the bus when my kid’s walking to it?” said Ashley, a mother of a six-year-old that rides the bus.

Miller said the bus always drove down her street in the past. She said she’s not worried about the bus backing up.

“It’s asinine. I mean, our circle is plenty big for even taking a school bus around without backing up if they need to,”said Miller.

Miller said she’s contacted the district, but it will not change the stop. In an email Miller showed 24-Hour News 8, the district said it had several people evaluate the street. After looking at the street, the district decided not to change the bus stop. Miller said she and other parents will keep fighting.

“I just want the parents to get a hold of them and let them know if they get together, then we’ll have a voice. The more parents get on board, and the more parents start contacting the schools — then maybe they’ll have to listen to us, and right now they aren’t listening,” said Miller.

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