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Pinellas County
Pinellas County students go back to school on Monday
Sheriff’s Office gears up traffic enforcement in school zones
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Crossing guards go through training outside the Clearwater Police Headquarters.
Local law enforcement encourages motorists to keep safety in mind as Pinellas County school students return to class Monday morning.

Sheriff’s deputies from several components within the Patrol Operations Bureau will be out in full force assisting with traffic enforcement near various school zones. School Resource deputies will be on hand at most schools, directing parents to the student drop off and pick up areas.

Students and parents walking to school should remember to cross the road within the crosswalks and watch for cars. School crossing guards will be present at 187 school crossing posts throughout the county starting Monday, Aug. 18, according to a press release from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.

Some crossing guards will arrive as early as 6:20 a.m. while others will remain on post until as late as 5 p.m. Students walking or biking to school should become familiar with where their crossing guards are located and understand they are able to approach the guards for assistance if needed.

Children riding their bikes to school should always wear a helmet.

Drivers are asked to add a few extra minutes to their morning and afternoon commute and exercise caution in the coming weeks. Vehicles are to come to a full stop when approaching any school bus displaying a stop signal. Motorists must then remain stopped and are prohibited from passing the bus until the signal has been withdrawn.

Dunedin Fire Rescue personnel will be at four Dunedin elementary schools on the first day of school to help remind students and drivers to be safe as they walk, ride, or drive around schools this week. Beginning at 8:10 a.m. Monday, DFR engine companies will be posted at each of the following schools carrying signs to urge safety awareness: Dunedin Elementary, Garrison-Jones Elementary, San Jose Elementary, and Curtis Fundamental Elementary. Crews will remain on site until school starts at 8:35 (unless they receive an emergency call sooner).

City of Seminole firefighters will be out in force on the streets in the early morning hours of Aug. 18, informing the public by waving signs to remind drivers to drive carefully and please watch out for children.

“The morning hours are especially treacherous,” according to a press release from Seminole Fire Rescue, “due to the limited visibility and the excitement that the new school year brings for everyone.”

For more back-to-school information, visit the Pinellas County School District’s new website at www.pcsb.org/Page/3039.
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