School will be back in session for Garden City Public Schools on Wednesday and for students this means the excitement of meeting new teachers, making new friends and the opportunity to learn new things.
However, for drivers it means more traffic on city streets. Garden City Public Schools would like to remind drivers to be mindful and cautious as more students will be heading to and from school in the coming week.
Drivers are reminded not to text or talk on cell phones; to slow down in school zones; to be aware of students; and to always pay attention to school buses and crossing guards.
“It is a top priority for the school district to keep all our students safe. We are asking parents to drive safely as they are dropping off and picking up their children at school,” Superintendent Dr. Mike Dominguez said.
Before classes begin, parents are encouraged to review the drop-off procedures for their child’s school. When you are in a school zone remember:
- Don’t double park – it blocks visibility for other children and vehicles.
- Don’t load or unload children across the street from the school.
- Carpool – it reduces the number of vehicles at the school.
- Slow Down! All schools have reduced speed zones around them. The speed limit in all school zones is 20 mph. Remember to obey all traffic laws and speed limits, both in school zones and in neighborhoods around schools.
- Allow More Time. As the new school year begins, allow yourself enough time to get to your destination, until you learn the effects of the increased traffic.
- Stop for School Buses. Stop when the red lights are flashing on school buses. It is against the law to pass a school bus when the lights are on. Do not proceed until the school bus resumes motion and the lights stop flashing. Never pass a bus from behind or from either direction if you’re on an undivided road.
Garden City Public Schools wants everyone to have a safe school year. Wednesday’s schedule includes a half-day orientation for students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade, seventh grade, ninth and tenth grades and all students new to Garden City Public Schools. No breakfast or lunch will be served Wednesday, and there will be a workday in the afternoon for teachers.
All classes for elementary through high school will be in session for the start of the 2022-23 school year on Thursday. Garfield Early Childhood Center’s first day of school is Monday, August 22.
Parents are asked to update their contact information with the schools. The district needs this contact information so buildings can contact families on any updates as we progress through the school year.
For more information about the start of the school year go to www.gckschools.com.