Drivers and students, remember to be alert and safe during these first few weeks of school.
Along with preparing for school, residents should also remember to add an extra dose of patience to their morning and afternoon routines. Once kids are out the door and drivers on their way to work, the extra traffic going to and from your destination can cause delays.
Give yourself extra time to get to your destination and plan ahead. Perhaps consider a route that doesn’t pass a school zone during peak hours, such as drop-off and pick-up; congestion can be quite heavy, especially the first few weeks of school. Many times, drivers are aware of bus stops, extra foot traffic and the increase in children in the area; however, these factors also affect the overall timeliness of your morning or afternoon routine.
Be aware there will be more drivers on the road, including some new student drivers. There have been some recent traffic control changes and parking restrictions around Peoria schools. Some Peoria high schools offer courses in other Peoria schools; therefore, student drivers will be commuting back and forth. If your student has one of these classes, remind them to drive safely back to their home campus once their course is complete. Peoria schools are closed campuses, meaning students are not permitted to leave for lunch or errands.
A notable difference in the Peoria Unified School District schedule this year is early release on Mondays. On these days, students have a half-day, and you may see students traveling home from school at odd hours. For a list of these early release dates, visit the Peoria Unified School District 2017-2018 calendar page, found on the district website.
One last note to remember is that some students who are seniors attend school for only a half-day in the morning. This can create extra traffic on the roadways and increase patronage at our local restaurants during lunch time. Plan ahead and give yourself extra time throughout your day until you have established a solid back-to-school schedule.