FRISCO This story isn't about a fight for better schools; it's a fight to get to school.

Jennifer Williams, a mother of four from Frisco, is five years into her quest for change.

'It's frustrating to watch it happen every day,' she said, speaking about the routes children have to take to get to school, especially at Stafford Middle School where her kids are enrolled.

One day, Williams even took video of the shortest route from her home to school. The images show no school zones and no sidewalks.

The school board is starting to take notice. In fact, on Monday, the Frisco ISD will address concerns that have come from parents who have children who attend schools along FM 423 Stafford and Pioneer Heritage Middle School.

'Board and staff members have heard parents' concerns and worked to help them better understand the district's position,' Frisco ISD said in a written statement.

The suburban school district has adopted a two-mile rule, which means the district offers bus rides to families living more than two miles away. A district spokesman told News 8 there are several exceptions to the rule.

'The distance a student lives from their assigned school is determined by measuring from the curb in front of their home to the flagpole of the school, using the shortest route,' Frisco ISD said in a statement.

But what happens as the landscape changes, and Frisco continues to grow?

'With the infrastructure that was in place last year, the route to school for those areas of the neighborhood was more than two miles,' the district stated. 'With additional roadways, that is no longer the case.'

Neighborhoods once more than two miles away are now short of that mark, meaning kids and their parents are on their own.

The district tells News 8 that letters have been distributed in affected neighborhoods.

Parents in those subdivisions will now have to decide whether to drive their children to class; make them walk; or pay the $300 a year per child to have them bused.

Madiha Shamsi says her child who will be attending the middle school in the future isn't walking.

'I just don't think it's safe for any kid to be out there,' she said.

Jennifer Williams said she's seen kids running with backpacks across FM 423.

'From here to there... I mean, whenever they think they get a clear window,' Williams said. 'I'm open. I'm open for a safe crossing solution. I've requested crossing guards; I've requested a school zone; and I've requested sidewalks.

'Frisco ISD believes that the safe transport of students to and from school is a shared responsibility of parents and the school district,' the school district said in a statement.

Parents News 8 talked with are hoping there is a solution somewhere, and that it comes in time for the new school year.


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