We’re almost halfway through the school year. Teachers have been putting in long hours inside and outside of the school day to prepare lessons, grade papers and more.

But teachers aren’t the only ones who spend long hours at school. What about the bus drivers, crossing guards and other helpers?

As temperatures drop, crossing guards and other teachers helping students in the drop-off and pick-up line at school every day are still there, rain and shine.

They may be bundled head to toe in coats, scarves and mittens, or, on a rainy day, ponchos and umbrellas, but they’re still out there, keeping our children safe. They’re still at the bus barn before the sun is out. Their ultimate goal is keeping kids safe.

Every campus has procedures and follows the best practices specific to the school when it comes to addressing the safety of students, including arrival and dismissal time.

Law enforcement and school staff encourage drivers to exercise caution in and around the schools throughout the day, especially during arrival and dismissal periods when traffic is more congested and student walkers or bicyclists are added to the mix.

Other tips include obeying posted speed limits, particularly in school zones, and being attentive to school buses stopping with flashing lights, as children will be boarding or stepping off.

In Parker County alone, there are a little under 50 campuses — that’s a lot of children, and a lot of committed staff members and volunteers.

Send the crossing guards, bus drivers and teachers a letter, card or message of appreciation to let them know the impact they have, or simply say thank you.

Weatherford Democrat

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