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Parents react to school bus route change

While dozens of Ross Elementary School students race a short green light across Shelby Drive...
    
There's a good reason why 10-year old Sha'Vontae Johnson waits by himself, shirtless in 90 degree heat, for his older sister.

5th grader Sha'Vonte Johnson says, "My mom says she's the only one, she's the oldest one I got, and she's the only one who can help me cross the street."

Sha'Vonte lives about a mile from Ross Elementary.
  
Memphis City Schools canceled his bus route this year -- so he walks.
  
The intersection of Ross Road and Shelby Drive is about halfway.
  
It's a busy intersection which Sha'Vonte's mom says no child should have to cross on their own.

Parent Kisha Threatt says, "You teach your children to put their seat belts on, you teach your children how to swim, you teach your children all these things, but that does not stop the possibility of something else happening."   

And there's even more kids dodging Shelby Drive traffic this year after the District cut a half dozen of Ross Elementary's bus routes with little warning.
    
Wednesday afternoon, a Memphis Police officer showed up to help 20 minutes AFTER school let out.

I asked District officials why MPD wasn't given more notice.

Memphis City School officials say, "It just was a lapse in communication, we were under the understanding that they were going to provide coverage at that intersection, and once we found out that wasn't the case, we jumped into action to fix the problem."

Action taken after we started asking questions...

A new morning route to Ross Elementary is now in place.  Listed below are the pickup locations and times:
Kirby Parkway and Summer Creek East - Pickup time 7:51 AM
East Margaux Cove and Winterpark Drive - Pickup time 7:55 AM
North Pine Top Circle and Winterpark Drive - Pickup time 7:59 AM
Shaker Cove and Shaker Lane - Pickup time 8:02 AM
Grouse Lane and Spaniel Cove - Pickup time 8:05 AM
Arrival at Ross Elementary - 8:15 AM

A new afternoon route from Ross Elementary is also now in place.  Listed below are the drop off locations and times:
Grouse Lane and Spaniel Cove - Drop off time 3:30 PM
Shaker cove and Shaker Lane - Drop off time 3:34 PM
North Pine Top Circle and Winterpark Drive - Drop off time 3:36 PM
East Margaux Cove and Winterpark Drive - Drop off time 3:39 PM
Kirby Parkway and Summer Creek East - Drop off time 3:41 PM

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