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I was walking myself to and from school starting in 2nd grade with no problems. Of course, we had a lot of advantages. 1) My route was mostly on low-speed neighborhood streets, except for the street right in front of the school which had a crossing guard. 2) My older sister had walked me on that route all through kindergarten-1st grade. 3) My Mom was always home when I arrived, and in fact I think she sometimes met me halfway.

Oh, and I also rode the bus on my own to an after-school event twice a week starting in 6th grade.

In general, I think what this family is doing is just fine. Kids can ride the bus as long as it's a regular route that they ride every day. I wouldn't want to trust them to read a complicated map with transfers, but for a simple A-to-B ride that they do every day most kids should be able to handle that after they've been properly trained.

by Marc on Nov 19, 2012 12:39 pm • linkreport

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