Provide transportation for Ventura Unified SD kids that live over a mile from their school
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In this day and age, it is an unfortunate reality that sex offenders are everywhere (see Megan's Law Website). We live on the east side of Ventura, and our daughter is about to start high school. There are no less than 5 registered sex offenders that live between our home and her assigned high school, which is Buena High. It is 2.3 miles away from our home. Not every student has the ability to have a buddy walk with them each day, either.
I don't believe that there are many adults in our area that would walk 2.3 miles to work, even if they were in excellent health. Our kids, however, don't just walk to school. Many times, they have a load of books to carry with them.
Also, how many of us trust that our kids will be safe crossing very busy intersections without crossing guards? During morning rush hour or the afternoon commute? Pre-teens/teenagers aren't always hyper-aware when crossing intersections. In fact, many of them probably have an earbud in one or both ears, and are much more trusting of adults driving behind the wheel of a 3,000 to 4,000 lb vehicle than they should be. In other words, even on a good day, they can be oblivious to their surroundings.
We county taxpayers ask that the Ventura Unified School District Transportation Services Director, Wendy Stevens, implore the Board of Education to lower the minimum distance from 3 miles (current standard) to 1 mile for bus transport. for the reasons listed above.
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