Wow...American kids get driven to school in a minivan if it's more than a block away!
Or the parents risk arrest.
That. In this area, the bus will not drop children younger than high school age unless an adult is waiting for them!
around here there have been district that cut bussing all together for high school students.
Cuz you know, once you're a freshman, you can automatically drive and the state supplies you with a car right?
My younger girl walked home from elementary school when she was 7-8 years old. The distance was a little more than a mile. The door wasn't locked so she could get in without a key.
When I was in first grade, we lived a little over a mile from the school.(it was clear on the opposite side of the village!)
most days i did ride the bus, but occasionally i would ride my bike or walk.
I was 7 years old.
it was 1986.
and it was assumed i had the wherewithal to look both ways at crossings (Crossing Guards? what crossing guards! HA!) and cross 5 whole streets on my own, AND i was entrusted with my own House Key.
and then it would still be 60-90 minutes before mom got home from work( She Left a 7 year old unsupervised for 90 minutes, 5 DAYS A WEEK?? OMG!) not to mention that she had to leave for work about 30 min before the bus came in the morning(WTFOMG!)
once i got to Middle School(Across the Street from the Elementary) they started an hour before the elementary, so mom would sometimes drop me on her way to work, or i'd walk or ride my bike. I rarely rode the bus then, as the Middle and HS kids were bussed together, and I got bullied a bit(6th grade, 12ish yrs old).
HS, basically across the street from my house, cut through one neighbors yard, and I'm there.
the only time i got a ride to HS was one winters day when we had an unusually cold (-20F) windchill. and that was by my dad's insistence. I would have walked it no problem.
and in all those years, no one ever tried to lure me in to their van, or grab me or anything.
though one day when my big sister was walking home from HS, (remember basically 1 street over)a Village cop did stop her and ask what she was doing...
HRM, Teenage girl, carrying a book bag, right after the HS let out, one block away from the school, walking at a normal steady pace... sure sounds suspicious to me! better check it out!
(we of course now realize he was most likely trying to hit on her)