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“Can’t have kids getting hit by cars,” Parents speak out over outdated traffic signs outside schools

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OKLAHOMA - Safety concerns with the state's largest district have parents speaking out over outdated traffic signs outside some schools.

School's back all around Oklahoma City.

For certain parents, concern lies not with reading or arithmetic but with traffic trouble outside.

"Safety for the kids, that's all there is," said Ryan Smith.

Smith's a proud Oklahoma City dad whose kid attends Cleveland Elementary, one of several schools who bumped up their school time.

School now starts just after 9 a.m. with pickup at 4 p.m.

But, signage outside says otherwise.

"The street sign didn't change when the school hours changed," Smith said. "So, they've got traffic restricted, but it doesn't make any difference" for the safety of students between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m.

This road becomes a one-way, which means kids are now having to deal with two-way traffic.

"Can't have kids getting hit by cars," Smith said. "I don't know if the neighborhood knows the school changed."

Parents commended Cleveland staff, saying they always make sure students make it home safe.

Their problem lies with the district.

"I'm hoping that they'll get them fixed to clear up the confusion and make pickup a little bit easier," said parent Amber Knapp.

OKCPS officials responded, saying in a statement they were "aware of the signage issue and are in contact with the city of Oklahoma City discussing the situation."

As those discussions continue, parents may take matters into their own hands.

"I guess, we'll just have to adapt and yell out our window 'Hey, you're going the wrong way!'" Knapp said,

The city also responded to the signage issue, saying in part:

"Requests to change the school zone timing came in today, and staff can't always make the change without traffic commission action. In the future, we would ask the school districts to contact the traffic management division well in advance of these changes."

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