HAINES CITY, Fla. - A group of kids in Haines City are getting prepared for what may be their new, daily routine: a two-mile hike to school.
Over the summer, Polk County Schools decided to cut 30 bus routes, including a route that took about 35 kids to Alta Vista Elementary from an apartment complex about two miles away.
For years, a bus stopped at the entrance of the complex, but the district made the change to save money.
"I'm upset about the whole situation," said Iris Reyes, whose kids may now have to walk. "It's a long walk from here to the school."
It's a two-mile winding walk with and without sidewalks, and sometimes without much room to walk on the grass. In some cases, kids are forced to walk on the road.
"In the morning, it's chaos. There's more traffic, people on those streets, they drive faster, they're running late. There are going to be accidents," said Elsie Giral, who doesn't know what to do with her younger brother and sister come Monday.
Rob Davis, Director or Support Services for Polk Schools, was not available for an on-camera interview, but said before cutting the route, safety specialists made measurements and deemed it safe to walk.
He plans to send the specialists back to the area to double check that it meets the districts standers.
But for now -- come Monday -- there will be no bus.
"It's not safe, number one, and the kids will be having to wake up at five in the morning so they can make it to school on time," Reyes said.
Davis encourages parents in similar situations to go to the school to get information on other options that include car pooling with other families.
The district says it's the parent's responsibility to get their kids to school safely.
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