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Fort Wayne Community Schools kicked-off their new year with students returning recently. With that in mind, FWCS officials remind the community to prepare and take extra caution as students and parents return to the streets.

More than 300 yellow buses will be on the roads starting at 6 a.m., and thousands of students will be walking to bus stops or to their neighborhood schools. Drivers should consider leaving a few minutes early when heading to work or school.

“The first days of school are exciting for everyone – students, parents and staff members,” Superintendent Dr. Wendy Robinson said. “As you travel, please be sure to keep an eye out for students on sidewalks and the extra cars and buses on the road.”

FWCS transportation officials ask motorists to be observant and patient and to remember that when the stop arm of the bus is out, it means all lanes of traffic must come to a complete stop. Vehicles should not begin moving again until the stop arm is back in place and the bus has started to roll.

The busiest times for buses on the road will be before and after school. School hours are:
Elementary schools – 8:55 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Middle schools – 7:30 a.m. to 2:25 p.m.
High schools – 7:30 a.m. to 2:35 p.m.
Anthis Career Center – 7:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Ward Education Center – 8:10 a.m. to 3:05 p.m.
Transportation officials ask parents to help ensure a safe ride for everyone by discussing the following safety procedures with their children:
When riding the bus:
Observe the same conduct as in the classroom.
Be courteous.
Cooperate with the driver.
Stay in your seat.
Do not be destructive.
Keep head, hands and feet inside the bus.
Do not yell or scream on board the bus or use profane language.
Inform the bus driver or school official if a problem occurs.

While waiting at the bus stop:
Do not horseplay or act in a way that could cause harm to others.
Do not play in the street.
Do not throw things.
Arrive at the bus stop no more than five minutes prior to scheduled bus arrival.
When the bus arrives, line up in an orderly fashion, away from the curb, and do not push or cut in line.
Stay back from the bus until it stops and the driver signals it’s OK to get on.
Stay safe when crossing the street by:
Always obeying all traffic rules. Never cross against the light.
Looking left, right and left again before crossing.
Crossing in a crosswalk. If there is no crosswalk, cross at the corner.
Crossing only when the cross sign says, “Walk.”

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