Dayton mom frustrated with walking 6 miles every day to take her kids to school
DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - Every day, Queshell Body walks her eight-year-old twins to Edison Elementary.
"We are walking from here, all the way down to Salem," she said. "There's a post office on the corner. We cross over Salem at the light, then, we're walking down to BP gas station."
Then, she doubles back and takes her 12-year-old to E J Brown. The round-trip total equals six miles a day.
In an effort to improve transportation, the district enacted strict state standards this year. Any student living more than 1.5 miles away from their school, doesn't get bus service. Queshell's address maps out around 1.2 miles.
"Walk this route that you have these kids walking, and maybe you'll feel different."
She's frustrated, telling FOX 45's Shavon Anderson that her kids usually have a bus, and she's concerned about their safety in Five Oaks.
"This is a pretty bad neighborhood," she said. "We have a lot of drug use, a lot of drug transactions going on."
According to the district website, those who have a route to school affected by major highways will be considered for transportation. She thinks Salem Avenue should count.
"Who's to say my kids won't get abducted one morning?" she said. "Who's to say they won't get abducted in the afternoon?"
FOX 45 has been talking with Dayton Public Schools about the changes. They are looking into the situation.