Norwalk Public Schools open their doors on Wednesday, Aug. 28 for the 2013-14 school year. With the re-opening of schools will also come increased traffic, the Norwalk Police Dept. said in a press release.
Norwalk police plan to provide a "very visible presence" around city schools, the release said. That, according to police, means beefing up patrol and motorcycle officers. The release said police will focus on vehicle traffic, pedestrian safety, speeding violations, school bus violations and distracted drivers.
"Our officers will be targeting drivers who are speeding or using handheld cell phones in these areas," police said.
Motorists should be aware of children at intersections and crosswalks; exercise caution when following or approaching a school bus; and should never pass a school bus that is "stopped with its lights flashing," police said.
Norwalk schools will have staggered entry on Wednesday. Half-day kindergarteners report to school, as do students in grades 1 to 6, and grade 9 at Brien McMahon High School. Students in grades 9 and 12 at Norwalk High School report on Wednesday.
All other students begin school Thursday, Aug. 29.
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