Many students completed their first day of school across several districts Thursday. And for the next nine months, more traffic can be expected -- both on foot and on wheels.
School officials are offering the follow advice the keep drivers and pedestrians safe during the school year:
"You do everything you can, safety first," said Jeff Schneider, director of finance operations for Hastings Public Schools. "Without the safety there is not going to be any learning going on. So obviously it's our first concern, and it's our utmost attention."
The Hastings school district currently has 25 crossing guards to ensure students can cross the road safely. There are also drop zone areas where it's recommended for parents to drop their kids off.
"The big thing is slow down and pay attention when you're around schools. I mean it's actually what I would say. You know I have a teenage driver; and I'm like 'You pay attention when you're around schools because there are a lot of kids running around,'" Hastings parent Trent Kelly said.
He also encourages drivers to stay off their cell phone, including not texting and driving.