Most schools begin classes Thursday
With only three exceptions, most schools around the county will begin classes Thursday (Aug. 9), which means traffic will be picking up throughout these towns, especially around the school campuses.
Belfonte, Brushy, Central, Gans, Marble City, Moffett, Roland, Sallisaw and Vian all begin classes Thursday. First bell for most of the schools will ring between 8 and 8:15 a.m. Most of the teachers have shown up early at school to prepare classrooms, prepare lesson plans and attend teacher conferences.
Moffett and Liberty schools started their classes today (Wednesday, Aug. 8). Gore will take up classes on Aug. 23.
Police are advising drivers to be extra cautious around city streets and particularly around schools where children will be getting in and out of cars, offloading buses, or walking to school. Buses will be running their normal routes at the start of school.
Drivers are advised to pay particular attention to school zone speed limits. Police, or school resource officers will be enforcing traffic around the schools and in the areas approaching the schools.
If you’re driving behind a school bus, allow a greater following distance. It will give you more time to stop once the yellow lights start flashing. It is illegal to pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children. Never pass a bus from behind or from either direction if you’re on an undivided road if it is stopped to load or unload children.
If the yellow or red lights are flashing and the stop arm is extended, traffic must stop.
The area 10 feet around a school bus is the most dangerous for children; stop far enough back to allow them room to safely enter and exit the bus.