By ROBERT S. MERRILL
It’s back-to-school time for students at Preston and West Side School districts. Motorists, students, parents and school employees need to be aware of new schedules and routines for safety sake.
School started in the Preston School District on Monday, Aug. 18. In the West Side District it was back to school on Tuesday, Aug. 19.
Franklin County Sheriff Dave Fryar said residents need to consider a number of safety issues with the start of school, especially since school starts fairly early.
The school bell rings for all Preston elementary students, as well as Preston Junior High School students, at 8 a.m. High school students start at 8:10 a.m. In the past school has started at 8:30 a.m. and 8:40 a.m., respectively. The new times are necessary again this year in Preston to accommodate a four-day school week that is in its fourth year.
“This is a critical time of year, when all of us – students, parents, faculty and bus drivers – need to get our minds thinking of all the schedule changes,” said Fryar. “For the past few weeks we have all been, for the most part, enjoying summer break.
“However, this week it is back to an even earlier-than-normal schedule and all who are involved with it, like rushing around to get everyone ready, taking children to school, daycare and still trying to make it to work on time.
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