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Crosswalk concerns at Harrison District 2 elementary school

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It's what many of kids use to walk into their schools each day, crosswalks.

Now, parents and neighbors are speaking out about crosswalk concerns in Harrison School District 2.

Turman Elementary School only has one and it's placed on a fairly busy residential road on the south side of Colorado Springs.

While having this properly manned by a crossing guard is a concern, it's also the drivers.

"This street is really hazardous in my opinion," Daniel Stites, a neighbor said.

Lining the outside of Turman Elementary School...

"Honestly, I'm surprised there hasn't been either an accident or a child getting injured or hurt," Chris Nichols, a neighbor of 18 years said.

A busy road.

"Since we're on these two curves, it's like they can't even see the kid until they get up close so we've seen some close calls," Stites said.

Parents and neighbors who have lived here for 18 years say, the only crosswalk in front of the school isn't always manned with a crossing guard.

"Minus this morning, they usually run quite late, they don't get out there until 10 to 15 minutes before school starts and that's when they show up to help these kids across and a lot of them have to cross by themselves," Nichols said.

While there were two crossing guards there on Wednesday afternoon as the bell rang at 3:30 p.m., that wasn't the case on Monday.

A spokesperson for District 2 didn't want to go on camera, but says a guard called in sick and teachers didn't notice and send someone else until 8:03 a.m. According to school policy, guards are supposed to be in place by 7:50 a.m.

"I mean it's horrible, we're endangering our kids just trying to go to school, and a lot of these kids, if they live real close, they don't have a parent necessarily to walk it with them," Nichols said.

Keep in mind, this school zone has a 20 MPH speed limit at all times of the day and with no speed bumps, we're told it's not something many drivers obey.

"I'm constantly thinking about what could happen if one of these cars come around and hit one of these kids," Stites said.

And while there hasn't been any accidents involving children here yet, neighbors say it's only a matter of time.

"The way people are driving through here, it's just a matter of time and it's going to happen?," he said.

District 2 says they're sending out a letter to parents asking them not to drop their kids off any earlier than 7:50 a.m. every morning because crosswalks will not be supervised until their guards report to duty at 7:50 a.m. which is still 35 minutes before school starts.

Attached to that letter was a list of their drop-off procedures.

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