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MAGNA -- The season's early, heavy snowfall has given Utahns the task of clearing driveways and sidewalks. For some schools, it's not the easiest task.

No one wants to see a child fall and get hurt at school, especially because of icy sidewalks. The trick, though, is getting the snow and ice removed when it's freezing outside. Sometimes you just can't do it quickly.

It takes time to clear sidewalks. Just ask the person whose job it is to make sure children at Magna Elementary don't slip on any ice. It's a tough job.

Just a few blocks away, Jenny Henry was also outside shoveling. She has a son who transfers buses at Magna Elementary. She thinks the conditions of the sidewalks at the school are unacceptable.

"They're saying that they are doing the best they can, and they only have one person clearing the sidewalks, and they're as good as they can get them," Henry said.

Granite Schools says they have received only one complaint about their sidewalks and released a statement, saying "we are always appreciative of patrons who alert us concerning any potential safety issues" and "we have reviewed the efforts of the principal and staff and are confident that they have made and continue to make every effort to ensure student and patron safety."

The school's sidewalks were slushy Wednesday, not icy like the past few days. The warmer weather made it easier to clear them.

For Henry, she just wants her child, and others, to be safe.

"It's our responsibility to make it safe for the kids, and the teachers should be able to get in and out of their school so they don't have a problem," she said.

The school says it hasn't received any reports of children getting hurt. The best advice, it says, is to just be careful.

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