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Drivers should be mindful of students, increased traffic as school year starts

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With school starting, there will be more traffic on the streets so Garden City Public Schools reminds drivers to be cautious and mindful of students going to and from school.

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.  The first day of school for the 2023-24 school year will be Tuesday, August 15 with 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 on this day. 

The first full day of school for Garden City Public Schools will be Wednesday, August 16, 2023.  All classes for elementary through high school will be in session for the start of the 2023-24 school year. Garfield Early Childhood Center’s first day of school will be held on Monday, August 21, 2023. 

The district is asking parents 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.