FCSO Talks Safety for First Day of School in Flagler County

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Flagler Schools officially start back to school on Thursday August 10th. On August 7th, Monday, the FCSO will be increasing their patrols around the local school zones and residential school bus stops in an effort to increase traffic safety, education and awareness before the students head back to class.

FCSO Command Staff members will be joining School Resource Deputies at every school in Flagler County on morning to welcome students and teachers to the new school year. With the school buses returning to the road next week, Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly wants to remind the public of traffic rules regarding school busses.

“The first day of school is always exciting for our kids,” said Sheriff Rick Staly. “That’s why drivers should be extra careful while traveling through school zones and residential areas, especially near school bus stops. Be especially mindful of crosswalks. There will be more children walking and bicycling on our roadways and stopped school buses so plan a few extra minutes as you drive to work or shopping.  Remember, patience is a virtue and kids are our future, so let’s work together to make sure their future isn’t cut short by your careless driving.”

There will also be message boards deployed throughout the county to remind drivers that ‘Safety is as simple as ABC (Always Be Careful)’. These boards will be in locations where traffic will likely increase once schools are back to session.

FCSO also wants to remind parents that the start of a new school year is an opportune time to talk to children about basic safety such as how to handle strangers, and where to go if they need help, as well as how to de-escalate an argument.

“As always, we recommend that if you ‘See Something, Say Something’,” Sheriff Staly added. “That’s always the way to go when witnessing anything suspicious. The faster we know about it, the faster we can deal with threats, and the less likely someone will be hurt. Working together we can make sure our students and community are safe 24-7.”

 

By Krys DeWind

Krys DeWind has been a Flagler County resident since 2016. She is active in her community and is always looking for ways to better it. She has a community first attitude which is one of the central founding ideals of the Flagler County Buzz.

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