Hundreds of students in the New Albany-Plain Local School District were forced to grab an umbrella and walk to school Tuesday.
Ten of the district’s school buses were eliminated after a failed school operating levy back in November.
Electronic signs, crossing guards and extra police patrols are in place to keep New Albany students safe as they come and go from school.
As a result, more than 1,200 students who live less than two miles away from school are walking and carpooling to school.
Ann Gunzenhaeuser is a parent and says the new system is forcing her to adjust her morning and after school routine. “We have no option now we will be walking and braving the traffic.”
“I would not send my kids off on their own. I would definitely need an adult supervising them to feel The most comfortable,” said Gunzenhaeuser.
A new crossing guard program has been put into place to help students get to school safely.
More than a dozen volunteers are helping with that program.
District leaders are considering putting a levy request on the November ballot in attempts to ultimately get lost busing back.