Roanoke County Public Schools celebrates first day of school

Published: Aug. 9, 2023 at 11:46 AM EDT
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ROANOKE CO., Va. (WDBJ) - Students started their first day of school in Roanoke County Public Schools Wednesday with a happy greeting from the principal and superintendent.

School leaders shared a couple reminders when heading back to school.

Be sure to double-check bus numbers, routes, and pickup times just in case of changes.

It’s best to head to the bus stop at least five minutes before the scheduled time.

All drivers on the road should expect traffic - especially near bus stops.

The superintendent says all drivers should slow down and be extra cautious.

“They’re [bus drivers] are paying attention to the road, they’re paying attention to the students and their safety,” says Roanoke County Public Schools superintendent Dr. Ken Nicely. “I just ask everybody out there to be mindful of the buses. Don’t pass, do go speeding around them. Just be mindful of the kids at the bus stop.”

Nicely says unless there is a median, traffic in both directions is required to stop for buses loading and unloading students.