Usually, a crossing guard safely ushers children across Walnut Hill Lane and Abrams Road to Merriman Park Elementary.
But the first few days of school, a crossing guard was missing, NBC5 reports. “This is the first two days we’ve not had one,” parent Laura Johnson told the news outlet.
Staffing crossing guards became the City of Dallas’ responsibility after Dallas County Schools disbanded. In May, the city approved a contract with All City Management Services Inc. to oversee the program. The three-year contract costs $15.5 million.
City records show that the Merriman Park location currently is staffed, although there weren’t any crossing guards at the intersection Wednesday.
“I’ve seen kids run back and forth because they don’t understand the symbol of the hand and it’s dangerous,” parent Virginia Berbary told NBC5.