St. Mary Parish public school starts Wednesday
Public school starts Wednesday in St. Mary Parish.
Meanwhile, private school students in the eastern end of the parish have a few extra days to enjoy summer.
Central Catholic High School students report Monday.
Holy Cross Elementary first through sixth graders begin school Thursday, while pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students start classes Aug. 19.
Immanuel Christian School students begin Monday. Meet the Teacher days will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday for students to bring their supplies to school and meet their new teachers.
As teachers, students, and parents make final preparations for the new school year, Sheriff Mark Hebert reminds parents to review safety tips with their children and urges motorists to use extra caution.
“It is against the law to text while driving in Louisiana. But what some motorists may not yet be aware of is that the law has recently been expanded to prohibit accessing, reading or posting to social networking sites while driving. Motorists should also learn and obey Louisiana’s school zone and school bus laws. Don’t be a distracted driver. Focus on your responsibility to drive safely,” Hebert said.
For motorists, Hebert advises:
—Watch for children walking to and from school at intersections, on medians and at curbs. Remember that children can be unpredictable in their actions.
—Adhere to the posted speed limit in school zones. It is against the law in Louisiana to pass in a school zone when the zone is in effect.
—Be prepared to stop for school buses. According to Louisiana law, vehicles are required to stop no less than 30 feet from a school bus that is picking up or dropping off children along a route. School bus drivers activate visual signals such as lights or stop signs to let other vehicles know that the bus is stopping. Vehicles may not proceed until the bus resumes motion.
—Use designated student drop off and pick up areas at schools.
—Consider changing your route to avoid school zones and bus traffic.
Hebert’s advice for parents and children includes:
—If your child walks to school or to a bus stop, practice walking the path before the first day of school. Choose a route with the safest and least number of traffic crossings.
—Always obey traffic signs and signals.
—Make sure children look both ways before crossing any street, and never step into the street from between parked vehicles.
—Children taking a bus to school should wait in a location away from traffic, out of the street and off of the curb.
—When boarding and exiting a bus, children should always walk in view of the bus driver and follow the driver’s instructions.
—Make sure your child knows the correct phone numbers and address to contact you in case of an emergency.
—Parents, discuss with your children the dangers of speaking to strangers. A stranger is anyone that you or your child doesn’t know well. Remind kids that they should never accept gifts from strangers or offer to help someone they do not know.
“By taking time to review these safety measures and guidelines, you can help ensure that you and your family have a safe and productive school year,” Hebert said.