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Safety a Priority to Start the School Year

Posted August 16, 2016

Hagerstown, MD (August 18, 2017) - As Washington County Public Schools (WCPS) prepares for the start of the 2017-2018 school year on September 5, the community is reminded of laws and common sense practices that will help make travel to and from school, whether on foot or school buses, or in private vehicles, as safe as possible. As it has in recent years, WCPS will receive support from state, county and municipal law enforcement agencies, who have provided a visible presence in school zones and key locations where buses travel as a reminder to motorists to slow down, stay alert and obey all laws that apply to school buses transporting students. Passing a school bus with its red lights flashing and stop sign displayed, in either direction, is against the law. WCPS also requests that motorists be aware of more children walking to and from school and to bus stops on school days, and to respect the signals given by school crossing guards allowing children to cross streets and roads.