WEST JORDAN, Utah (News4Utah) – Bus services will be extended until at least December for students who live in the Maple Hills subdivision in West Jordan, according to Sandy Riesgraf, spoksperson for the district.
Parents were notified last week that school bus services would be canceled due to a state funding rule that limits bus service to students who live more than 1.5 miles from a school. Parents were worried that students who walked or biked to school, particularly Fox Hollow Elementary School, would be forced to cross a busy intersection at 6400 W. 7800 S.
The school district says it is working with the city of West Jordan on potential solutions. The city is in charge of providing crossing guards. Parents are also invited to ask their child’s school to apply for more bus spaces, Riesgraf says, if the state has them available.
Riesgraf says there were sufficient spaces available to keep busing Maple Hills kids through December. In the meantime, she said they will try to come up with a solution.
Parents in Maple Hills worried about children who have no option but to walk or bike to school. They were also worried about anyone who works as a crossing guard on that road.
“You couldn’t pay me enough to be a crossing guard at that spot,” said one parent. The parents that spoke with News4Utah cited distracted driving and distracted walking among kids as primary concerns.
“It’s just dangerous all around,” said Kira Haslam, whose son Ashton rides the bus to school. Ashton says if he has to ride a bike, he will take the crosswalk further west on 7800 South, but it adds about a half mile to his commute to school. Parents were concerned elementary-school aged kids wouldn’t be able to walk that far every day.
They also cited concerns about traffic going to and from the school, since buses could no longer be available.
School begins Wednesday for some students in Maple Hills, who are on a year-round schedule.
The district originally was planning to continue to bus Maple Hills students who attended Fox Hollow Elementary through Aug. 17, but Monday afternoon, extended the deadline.