Schools are back in session

Blacktop photo op at Beach.

Students returned to campuses on Wednesday, Aug. 9 for the first day of the 2023-2024 school year. PUSD was one of the earliest districts in Alameda County to start up this week; most public schools in the area, including Oakland, start next week.

Be patient and slow down when driving through town

All campuses begin the day between 8:30 and 8:40 a.m. Avoid central Piedmont in particular during “rush hour” –when students at Havens, PMS, and the two high schools are making their way to classes. Ongoing construction at the pool complex continues to affect traffic on Magnolia Ave. and other roadways are affected by Witter Field construction as well as EBMUD work.

The Piedmont Police Department posted the following advisory on their social media accounts this week:

With children heading back to school, it’s crucial for drivers to be extra vigilant and watch out for young pedestrians. Let’s work together to ensure a safe and enjoyable journey to school for everyone. Here are some key reminders to keep in mind:

* Always use designated crosswalks: Encourage your children to use crosswalks when crossing the street. Remind them to stop, look both ways and make eye contact with drivers before stepping onto the road.

* Be patient and slow down: Drivers, please slow down when approaching school zones and be patient with the increased foot traffic.

* Eliminate distractions: Whether you’re walking or driving, put away your phones and other distractions. Keeping your focus on the road will help prevent accidents. Remember, even a moment of distraction can have serious consequences.

* Obey crossing guards: Crossing guards play a vital role in ensuring safe crossings for our children. Follow their instructions and be respectful of their signals.

* Teach kids road safety: Parents, take the time to educate your children about road safety. Practicing safe crossing and discussing traffic rules can make a big difference.

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