CENTENNIAL - When Nikki Britain worries about sending her twin second grade boys to school, she does not have just the typical concerns like traffic and weather. She thinks about snakes, coyotes, and streams.
"We have kids as young as four, five, six, years old walking by themselves," Britain, parent at Red Hawk Ridge Elementary in Aurora, said. "I don't think it's safe."
At the apartment complexes near Broncos Parkway and Jordan Road, dozens of students take a route to school through the Cherry Creek Valley Ecological Park. It is less than a mile and does not qualify for a bus under the Cherry Creek School District policy. But, Britain believes a bus is needed to keep kids from getting hurt.
"These kids are kind of trapped," Britain said. "My fear is that if something happens they're not going to be able to get help."
But, the Cherry Creek School District has no plans to provide a school bus for Britain and her kids. District officials have deemed their current route as safe.
"We will study the matter," Tustin Amole, spokesperson for the Cherry Creek School District, said. "If it appears to us that there is an unsafe situation, we sometimes go back. But, in this case, we feel pretty confident."
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