For hundreds of Mountain Area students, summer break has come to an end, with today, Aug. 11, their first day back to school.
As a precautionary measure, the California Highway Patrol will again be in full enforcement on Mountain Area roadways around elementary schools and Yosemite High.
“We want to remind everyone to limit the distractions and keep focus on operating your vehicle,” CHP Officer Kaci Lutz said. “For our young drivers, reckless and distracted driving is the number one killer of teens in America. Focus on the road ahead and get to where you are going safely.”
Crosswalks, bus stops, pickups and drop offs will be monitored, and speed limits near the school grounds will he highly enforced. A safe rule of thumb is to slow down (25mph) during school hours when children are present, period. Drivers must use caution when yellow bus lights are flashing, and must stop when red bus lights are flashing.
So what’s new this school year? For commentaries from Bass Lake Unified School District Superintendent Glenn Reid, Yosemite Unified School District Superintendent James Sargent, and Director of Western Sierra Charter Schools Michael Cox, see page 6A.
Students with the Chawanakee Unified School District begin school Aug. 17.