It’s back to school time in Athens

Drivers encouraged to pay attention around school zones

by Holly Hollman
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ATHENS-Students in Athens City Schools are heading back to class on Wednesday, Aug. 9, and Interim Police Chief Anthony Pressnell is asking drivers to pay attention around school zones and school buses.


“Please obey the school zone speed limits, stop for buses and watch out for children who walk to and from campus,” Pressnell said. “We’ll have new parents dropping off and picking up students, and it will take some time for them to get familiar with the routine. Please be patient.”


Pressnell said it is important for drivers to obey the instructions provided by crossing guards directing traffic. As a reminder, Julian Newman Elementary is moving to the Clinton Street campus since a new school is being built on the Julian Newman site.


“There will be some traffic pains as everyone gets back into this routine, and children may be excited or anxious about going back, so drivers should expect delays,” he said. “We hope everyone has a great school year. Let’s work together to make sure it’s a safe one.”

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