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Some parents tell us the end of these bus routes is placing a big burden on them. The unexpected schedule change of having to drive to the school in the middle of the day to pick up their kids when they never had to before is conflicting with their work schedules.

The start of the school year is bringing some changes for the Elk Grove Unified School District. Mary Tsukamoto elementary sent letters out to parents over the summer, saying the campus no longer provides school bus routes for its students because of classroom funding.

The district opting for a new safe routes to school program partnering with the community and law enforcement, encouraging students to walk to school instead. The problem with that, is that part of the main road to campus — Elk-Grove Florin Road — does not have sidewalks.

Construction is currently underway to address that issue, but in the meantime, traffic getting to school, has been very congested. This is what one parent had to say about it about the concept of safe walking routes to school.

"Safe walking zones sounds questionable to me,” said Aaron Haskett, a local parent affected by the change. “You're still letting kids walk by themselves, like how safe can it be?"

Haskett says he would not feel safe letting his daughter walk to school and sees why it could be a problem for other parents.

The school district told FOX40 these new efforts and everyone's ability to work together provide another solution to getting students to and from school safely and on time.

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