Walking The Line Between Bus And No Bus - Newschannel 6 Now | Wichita Falls, TX

Walking The Line Between Bus And No Bus

Some families in the Wichita Falls Independent School District live right on the line for their kids to take the school bus, which has created some confusion for parents.

According to a regulation from the Texas Education Association, the WFISD is only allowed to pick up students who live more than two miles from their nearest school.

"The truth of that matter is, we're talking about people's kids, and when you talk about telling me somebody needs to walk 1.75 miles, it's a long ways and we understand that," said Brian Gibson, General Manager of Durham School Services, which provides busses to all district schools.

One mom, who wanted to remain anonymous, said she lives between 1.7 and 1.9 miles from Rider High School, and she's concerned about her two kids walking that distance every day.

"I find it unnerving that they're expected to walk, you know two miles, or even if it was just a mile and a half, to go through neighborhoods and stuff like that," said the mom. "Because ultimately high school kids are going to get into mischief."

Roads that are deemed "hazardous" are the one exception to the rule. Even if students live closer than two miles to their school, they may take the bus if they have to cross any roads that are over 45 miles per hours, have three or more lanes of traffic, or do not have traffic lights.

Gibson said the district is currently allowing as many students as possible to ride the bus.

"As a cost cutting initiative, I will tell you that it has been looked at to even going from two miles to three miles because two miles is the minimum (required by the TEA)," said Gibson. "But at this time that wasn't a decision that was in the best interest of everybody."

 

  • News HeadlinesNewsMore>>

  • Grand jury indicts Missouri governor who admitted affair

    Grand jury indicts Missouri governor who admitted affair

    Thursday, February 22 2018 5:35 PM EST2018-02-22 22:35:21 GMT
    Friday, February 23 2018 5:35 AM EST2018-02-23 10:35:48 GMT
    A St. Louis grand jury indicted Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens on a felony invasion of privacy charge related to the Republican's affair with a woman in 2015. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)A St. Louis grand jury indicted Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens on a felony invasion of privacy charge related to the Republican's affair with a woman in 2015. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

    A St. Louis grand jury has indicted Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens on a felony invasion of privacy charge related to the Republican's affair with a woman in 2015.

    A St. Louis grand jury has indicted Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens on a felony invasion of privacy charge related to the Republican's affair with a woman in 2015.

  • Florida man yells 'murderers!' as he's executed for slaying

    Florida man yells 'murderers!' as he's executed for slaying

    Thursday, February 22 2018 8:24 PM EST2018-02-23 01:24:33 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 11:47 PM EST2018-02-23 04:47:48 GMT
    (Florida Department of Law Enforcement via AP). This undated photo made available by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement shows Eric Scott Branch in custody. Florida is scheduled to execute Branch Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, for raping and killing a ...(Florida Department of Law Enforcement via AP). This undated photo made available by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement shows Eric Scott Branch in custody. Florida is scheduled to execute Branch Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, for raping and killing a ...

    Florida inmate yells 'murderers!' repeatedly as he's executed for his convictioin in 1993 rape and killing of a college student.

    Florida inmate yells 'murderers!' repeatedly as he's executed for his convictioin in 1993 rape and killing of a college student.

  • Closings & Cancellations

    Closings & Cancellations

    Thursday, February 22 2018 11:40 PM EST2018-02-23 04:40:51 GMT
    (Source: RNN Texoma)(Source: RNN Texoma)

    Newschannel 6 is working to monitor the latest closures, delays and cancellations across Texoma due to inclement weather.

    Newschannel 6 is working to monitor the latest closures, delays and cancellations across Texoma due to inclement weather.

Powered by Frankly