Schools Work Out Kinks On First Day

By: Jordan Shefte Email
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Bus stops and sidewalks filled today with students heading back to school after summer break.

"I'm kind of nervous," said Mead Middle School Eighth Grader Sierra Wilson.

The first day of school brings with it all types of emotions. It offers students a clean slate, but for schools, there's some last minute details to iron out.

"It's exciting to see all the kids come back," said East High School Principal Ken Thiessen. "Little hectic to get all the kids where they're supposed to be right here on the first of the day, but we're in great shape."

To check up on the first day progress, the USD 259 superintendent is travelling the halls of area schools. He plans to get to 8-10 schools today, and says by the end of the week, someone on the district leadership team will have visited each school in the district.

"We make sure that we visit all our schools," said Superintendent John Allison. "Check in with them, make sure they have everything they need, everything's operating correctly, and just be out there and support them."

Now it's not just the first day for students, but also for buses. The drivers want to stress that where there are buses, there's a good chance there will also be children.

"Be aware of it, when they see the lights on, and the arm come out, for them to stop," said First Student Driver Lyndell Allen.

It is against the law to pass a bus with the stop arm extended, and keep in mind, buses cannot turn right on red.

Also, school speed zones will be in effect when children are travelling to and from school, and police will be monitoring speeds when the lights are blinking.

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