Antioch Elementary principal, police weigh in on traffic concerns

Published: Friday, November 29, 2013 at 01:30 PM.

"There's a lot of misunderstanding about what we do," Hulion said. "When we're in the school zone, it is to take care of the pedestrians. Our focus is making sure children get across that road safely."

130 cars means congestion

Hulion and Antioch Principal Wanda Avery said the congestion comes from nearly 130 parents who drive their children to school in lieu of having them ride school buses.

"We explain to parents, 'Your child has the ability to ride the bus; please let them do so,'" Avery said. "We do encourage them to let their children ride the bus."

Forty-five students who attend Antioch on admission waivers from other school zones are among the students who lack school bus service access and ride with their parents, Avery said.

The reasons parents decline letting children ride the school buses are diverse, though a major reason is "nervousness of having a young child ride the bus," Avery said.

And directing traffic near the school presents concerns beyond Antioch parents' time in the line.

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