Daylight hours are growing shorter and temperatures are cooler than just a few weeks ago. That means school days are upon us again.
It was a lovely summer, where the weather is concerned, and every student should have gotten a great break from the books.
That’s about to come to a screeching halt come Tuesday or Wednesday. And speaking of screeching halts, the opening of school for another year brings with it the traditional warning about safety and students.
Truth be known, most young people will be happy to return to class with its earlier rises and homework.
They have been without much structure in their lives and getting back to a regular schedule will soon be the norm. But it also means thousands of young people will be heading to and from schools in hundreds of communities all across the province and that bring with it an increase in danger.
Excited young people of all ages will be trotting off to class next week, anxious to renew acquaintances with school chums and taking on the challenge of a new batch of books and getting to know a fresh face at the front of the class.
Parents are, as always, the first line of defence when it comes to road safety. They should go over the rules of the road — the dos and don’ts of getting safely to and from school five days a week.
The “kindergarten babies” need some extra consideration. They should have an older sibling or friend show them the ropes and look after them until they are used to the routine.
Drivers aren’t removed from this change in attitude.
All of us who have been zipping through school zones throughout the summer will have to adjust our driving habits.
Slow down and expect anything when children of any age are in the vicinity.
A co-operative effort from everyone should ensure a safe and successful school year.