Getting there is half the fun
The first day of classes may be a month away. But it's never too late to start making plans for how to travel safely to and from school. (Folks in Pinellas, sadly, know this all too well.) So the state is reminding districts of their responsibility to provide students and parents information about the best ways to get to and fro.
To help, the department has issued a two page brochure (click here for page 1, here for page 2) that districts can print (at their own expense, of course) and distribute. Among the words of wisdom: Bus riders should "NEVER pick up an item that you drop under or near a bus during pickup or drop-off." Parent car drivers should "be patient and understand that walkers, bicyclists and school buses are trying to leave the school, too." And walkers should "stay away from bullies."
Though easy to make fun of the words, the issue is critical. "Ensuring access to learning requires that students get to and from school safely, regardless of their mode of travel," deputy commissioner Linda Champion reminds superintendents in a memo.