A mother is upset that OPS will no longer bus her children to school. She used to be within "the zone" but now she's being told her kids will have to walk or get a ride.
Rebecca McKain's sons Devin and Liam are in 3rd and 5th grade at Pinewood Elementary. Though OPS busses go by them twice every afternoon, they're not riding them from school. In fact, they can't ride them to school.
Omaha Public School guidelines say if a student is attending their home attendance school they can ride the bus if they're 1-and-a half miles away from school. McKain lives just feet inside that zone. She's upset because if her kids walked they'd have to cross Sorenson Parkway and 72nd Street when it’s busy around 4pm.
"Unfortunately for us I have to leave work, and take an hour off of the time that I could work to drive and pick my kids up and bring them home because I am concerned about their safety," McKain described.
OPS says they follow the guidelines from the Student Assignment Plan, and need to set boundaries because they have 17,000 students to transport everyday. McKain says the guidelines need to be changed.
"I don't think it's responsible of ops to think elementary school children should walk 1.5 miles to school," McKain explained.
McKain is appealing the decision not to bus her kids to school. She's going to have to wait until October to even find out if they can get a ride.