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Back to School 2019-20

By Staff | Aug 14, 2019

It doesn’t seem that long ago that we were writing about spring sports and graduations. Congratulating students on their accomplishments and the hard work they had done to earn diplomas. It is always with a mixture of relief and remorse that we greet the beginning of another academic year – relief in that it restructures and restores a rhythm to many families’ lives

Now, it’s back-to-school time.The dog days of summer are coming to an end as we begin our preparations for the new school year, summer is slipping away and it’s that time once again. We suggest everyone exercise caution as they adjust to school bus traffic, the lower speed limits in school zones and an increase in pedestrian traffic near schools.

The flashing lights that warn motorists to slow down for school zones have been dormant for a few months now, and we have become accustomed to driving through at the regular, posted speed limit.

Law enforcement officers may be sympathetic during an occasional traffic stop, but they aren’t known to show mercy to those who speed through school zones.

The fines will surely be higher for speeding in those areas, but the fine is insignificant, to the tragedy that can follow a vehicle or pedestrian accident or a collision with a school bus.

Be careful, for everyone’s sake.Vehicle traffic also will pick up near area high schools as young drivers pull into and out of parking lots.

With that out of the way, we want to wish all the students – those excited to get back in the classroom and those mourning the end of their summer vacation – success over the coming months.

Parents have a huge role to play, and their participation can determine just how successful the students and teachers will be between now and next spring.

Notice we haven’t said anything about reading, writing and arithmetic yet, which is what it’s all about. Despite all the noise and politics swirling around classrooms throughout the country, it’s in that learning relationship between teacher and student, and even more importantly, between parent and child, that makes everything fall into place.

If everyone does their part, we can keep our community’s children safe and on the proper learning curve.