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Back to School

Tuesday marks the unofficial end of summer – and a new beginning for students in Amarillo Independent School District.

Tuesday was the first day of school in Amarillo ISD. And while summer does not officially end until late September (according to the seasons), back to school means a new start.

Back to school can mean new clothes, new friends and a new experience – not to mention learning new things (which is sort of the point of school, but we digress.)


While the start of a school year is all about a new beginning, there is one aspect of back to school that is old hat.

School zones are back.

While there are speed limit signs of 20-miles-per-hour posted around Amarillo ISD schools, school zone safety is a shared responsibility for motorists. Motorists must be aware of children in school zones, and of the increase in traffic around Amarillo schools.

“The first day of school is a big day for parents, teachers and children,” said Cpl. Jeb Hilton of the Amarillo Police Department. “However, it is an important day for motorists also. We all need to remember the importance of recognizing school zones and to slow down accordingly. The safety of our children is always a priority – no matter the season.”

Unless otherwise posted, school zones are effective on school days between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

So while the temperatures may indicate summer is still going, school is back in session. And that means school zones – and school zone safety – is back.


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