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Atlanta Public Schools Set to Enforce One-Mile Walk Zones

Elementary school students that live within one-mile of school will no longer have access to bus transportation

Atlanta Public Schools elementary school students that live within one-mile of school will no longer be able to ride the bus to the schoolhouse.

In an effort to save money, the district is enforcing a one-mile walk zone at elementary schools citywide and a 1.5-mile walk zone at middle and high schools.

Bus transportation will not be offered to students that live within the walk zone.

Instead, these students are encouraged to bike or walk to school.

The walk zones have been an established policy at the district for many years, district spokesman Keith Bromery told Patch on Wednesday.

But in an effort to cut costs district-wide, Superintendent Erroll B Davis, Jr. and his administration plan to enforce the rule this school year.

District officials released preliminary walk zones this week and parents can provide feedback to bus captains through Friday.

The walk-zone for is posted above. SPARK parents wishing to provide feedback can find contact info for the bus captains on the PTO website.

Parents: We want to hear from you. What’s your take on the walk zones? How will this impact your family? Tell us in the comments. 

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Lynne Kushner July 25, 2012 at 08:52 PM
One mile walk zones have been established policy, but SPARK parents were repeatedly promised that, because of the unique/difficult location of the school, any child that has to cross Briarcliff or Ponce, regardless of where they reside, would receive bus service. This has been the policy for three years and the promise is being broken, less than two weeks before school begins, in order to help with the ongoing APS budget issues. Safety is being compromised for money.
Mary R Stouffer July 26, 2012 at 12:19 AM
This is an incorrect walk zone map and was not supposed to be posted - the lines drawn are not completely accurate and decisions on the lines are not finalized.

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