Heads up: The kids head back to school Aug. 1, so pay attention when you’re drivingPictures taken by Westchester parent Jennifer Belew of students walking to the school from Garden Lane.
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Atlanta Public Schools and City Schools of Decatur will resume classes tomorrow morning, so be extra cautious when driving on local roads.
DeKalb County Schools will resume classes on Aug. 6.
The school day for elementary students will start at 8 a.m. City Schools of Decatur has about 5,600 students who inhabit the city’s four square miles. Atlanta Public Schools have about 50,000 students.
Decatur Police will be stepping up enforcement as students step out their front door and head to class.
Here is the full announcement from Police Lt. Jennifer Ross:
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City Schools of Decatur students are headed back to school tomorrow, Wednesday, August 1st. There will be more traffic to include vehicles, buses and big & little pedestrians and cyclists on main roads and neighborhood streets. Please plan on allowing more time for your commute and PLEASE slow down and pay extra attention as excited students head back to class. We will have additional officers on duty in and around the school zones to remind everyone school is back in session.
Reduced speeds for school zones are indicated by either flashing lights and/or signage with the times for the school zone posted. Flashing lights are not required or posted for every school zone. You must also obey the times indicated by signage posted for school zones.
Atlanta Public Schools will also start back Wednesday, August 1st and DeKalb County Schools start back Monday, August 6th.
City Schools of Decatur times are as follows:
College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center 7AM-6PM
Clairemont Elementary 8AM-2:30PM
Glennwood Elementary 8AM-2:30PM
Oakhurst Elementary 8AM-2:30PM
Westchester Elementary 8AM-2:30PM
Winnona Park Elementary 8AM-2:30PM
4/5 Academy 7:20AM-2:45PM
Renfroe Middle 8AM-4PM
Decatur High School 8:20AM-3:30PM
School Zones are effective 45 minutes prior to start of school to 15 minutes after start of school and 15 minutes prior to ending school to 45 minutes after ending of school.
The city of Decatur has had a Safe Routes to School Program since 2005 to encourage walking and biking to school.
BeActiveDecatur.com offered these safety tips:
– Drivers slow down and follow the traffic rules in school zones.
– Use a crosswalk and obey crossing guards.
– Wear a helmet when riding a bike to school.
– Use main streets and travel in groups when walking to school.
– Be smart about posting back-to-school first day pictures on your social media.
– Get to know the other children and parents in your neighborhood and make sure your children use the “buddy system” when walking to and from school.
– If you are in the downtown area notice the new blue logos [and] “Walk Your Wheels”.
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