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Colleen Pillus, Communications Director (845) 486-2000
Colleen Pillus, Communications Director
Poughkeepsie … As children throughout Dutchess County head back to school this week for the start of the year, Dutchess County Sheriff Adrian “Butch” Anderson and County Executive Marc Molinaro offer important reminders for students, families and motorists for a safe and healthy school year including school bus safety and compassion to all.
With school buses returning to the roadways, it is important that drivers exercise caution and follow the rules for school bus safety. Sheriff Anderson said, “Back to school means the return of buses and students on the road. It is important that all drivers watch for pedestrians, follow all safety driving laws, and eliminate driving distractions to keep our students protected on their way to and from school. Let’s do our part to start this school year off right and keep our community’s children safe.”
In addition to imploring motorists to be safe and courteous on the roads, County Executive Molinaro also urges all to be supportive of each other throughout the school year, building a community that embraces all students and supports their scholastic and social well-being.
County Executive Molinaro said, “With students returning to classrooms, many after a long hiatus away, it is important we all show empathy and understanding for one another. Children are excited to be returning to classrooms and engaging with friends, let’s together provide them a strong sense of community, where students feel comfortable and excited to reach their academic goals.”
The first step the community can take for a safe school year is providing students with a worry-free commute to and from school. To accommodate this, motorists are encouraged to pay close attention and remember the following:
Safety is the responsibility of students and parents as well as drivers. Students should pay special attention to school bus safety in and around school zones, and near bus stops. School children and parents should take notice of the following bus safety tips: