Community prepares to go back to school

| July 10, 2015 | 0 Comments
Col Miller

Miller

Col. Duane R. Miller
Director, Emergency Services
U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, and
Commander, 8th Military Police Brigade,
8th Theater Sustainment Command

As difficult as it is to believe, we are fast approaching the end of the summer vacation.

You can see summer programs coming to end, and AAFES (the Army and Air Force Exchange Service) and local stores pushing out their back-to-school supplies.

Regardless of whether you have children going to school this year, there are many things that you should consider as the school year begins on July 29.

The start of the school year means a significant increase of traffic, both on and off post, during pick-up and drop-off times. There will also be increased pedestrian traffic throughout the installations, especially in the vicinity of the schools.

With the increased traffic of school buses and parents taking their kids to school, the amount of time to get to and from your destination may equate to a little longer commute. We ask the members of the community to be extra vigilant, especially during the first few weeks of the school year, until we all get accustomed to school being back in session.

Again, all elementary and middle schools across the garrison resume classes on July 29. Drop-off times in the mornings will be from approximately 7-8:30 a.m. throughout the week. Pick-up times during the week are approximately from 1:45-2:30 p.m., with the exception of Wednesdays, which is an early release day. On Wednesdays, the release time is between 1-1:45 p.m.

Please be extra vigilant around these times and follow all posted speed limits: the instructions issued by Military Police and crosswalk guards, and the prohibition of passing school buses with their red lights flashing.

We also ask parents to ensure that their children have proper supervision when traveling to and from school. Children under the age of 10 years old cannot be left unsupervised at bus stops and cannot walk to school alone.

For those students 10 and over, parents, please remind your children the importance of safety when walking to school. Look both ways, never assume vehicles will stop and cross the street at designated crosswalks. For those students who ride their bicycle or skate to school, remember the personal protection equipment requirements on the installation.

To assist with a smooth transition this school year, there will be increased MP presence in the areas surrounding the schools and heavily traveled roads. There will be increased radar enforcement and presence patrols to ensure the safety of our children and the community as a whole.

Remember, the responsibility to ensure a safe start of the school year falls on each member of our community. We look forward to a great and safe school year.

 

 

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