How Wake school transportation leaders determine how a safe walk zone has been recently challenged by parents of Sycamore Creek Elementary School and could lead to the school board looking into whether there should be written guidelines.
The school district currently does not have written guidelines on how they determine a safe walk zone. Students who live 1 1/2 miles from a school can walk unless the area is deemed unsafe.
As noted in today's North Raleigh and Midtown News story, Wake school leaders say they look at the number of cars on the road, the path students take and the speed limit. But Sycamore Creek parents questioned those methods after officials said it was safe for their students to walk near busy Leesville Road to get to school. Transportation officials have since said that all Sycamore Creek students will be provided bus transportation for this school year.
At yesterday's school board meeting, Sycamore parent Eric Blau told board members that more official guidelines needed to be in place.
School board member Patti Head said in the article that this could be an issue that the school board discusses.