On Monday, August 22nd, students and teachers will return to their classes in the public schools of Pasco County, Florida for the 2011-2012 academic year. When I was teaching here two decades ago, we started after Labor Day. And many schools around the country still do. But several years ago, statewide exams were created and it was felt that more time was needed to prepare for them. So the beginning of the school year was moved up by several weeks. Now it has shifted closer to where it used to be.
In any case, starting on Monday there will be more children and school buses on the streets and roads. So you will need to be more alert when driving. Traffic will likely be slower during the morning and afternoon hours when the buses are on the road.
Add to this the fact that warning lights near schools will be flashing to tell you to drop your speed to just 15 miles per hour. And trust me, you had better drop your speed! If you don't, you will likely find a friendly patrol car with radar sitting nearby whose occupant will be only too glad to give you a ticket. Warnings are a thing of the past and the fines will "curl your hair". Of course, more importantly, driving slower will avoid the tragedy of an accident involving a student or a bus. No one wants to be the cause of that.
So keep an eye out for the little ones on the streets for the next 10 months. Plan your travel so that you will avoid sitting in a long line behind a bus. If you live here you will quickly learn when there will be fewer buses on the streets and when they will be in operation. If you can stay out of traffic during those times, you will likely get where you need to go a little faster. So, let's make sure that the youngsters (and their teachers) arrive to school and back home safely. Remember, we were all students, once upon a time!
Posted by JOHN ELWELL - REALTOR at CENTURY 21 Bill Nye Realty, Inc. 813-783-4444. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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