Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Patrol Operations Bureau
-School Crossing Guard Unit
The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office encourages students and parents to keep safety in mind when planning to go back to school.
Pinellas County Schools start classes on Monday, August 19, 2013.
All schools throughout Pinellas County.
It’s that time again! Time to hang up the swimsuits and beach blankets and hit the books! The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office is welcoming students back to school and encouraging everyone to keep safety in mind. Pinellas County Schools start classes on Monday, August 19, 2013.
School crossing guards will be present at 186 school crossing posts throughout the county starting Monday. Some crossing guard posts in the county are manned as early as 6:20 a.m. and as late as 5:00 p.m. Students walking or biking to school should become familiar with where their crossing guards are located and understand they are able to approach the guards for assistance if needed.
Parents with children walking or biking to school should teach best practice when it comes to crossing the roads. Children should be taught to watch for cars, turn lane traffic and make eye contact with drivers. Children riding their bikes to school should always wear a helmet, it’s the law.
Pinellas roadways will soon be full of buses, cars, walkers and bike riders. Deputies will have extra patrols on the streets near school zones to ensure students are safe during their first week back. Drivers are asked to add a few extra minutes to their morning and afternoon commute and exercise caution in the coming weeks. Vehicles are to come to a full stop when approaching any school bus displaying a stop signal. Motorists must then remain stopped and are prohibited from passing the bus until the signal has been withdrawn.
Keep these important tips in mind and have a safe 2013-2014 school year.