Back 2 School
City Helps to Ensure A Safe Return to Class
Bells will soon be ringing throughout the city as classes resume on
This summer, the City of Arlington has worked to ensure a safe return
to school as more traffic hits city streets and highways. Traffic
patterns are being reviewed and signals in school zones are being
operationally tested for the first morning of class on Monday, Aug.
On Aug. 12, the City teamed up with the Arlington Independent School
District to talk about H1N1 influenza and how to slow its spread as
the new school year begins. “We’re here to take some of the fear out
of both types of influenza,” said Mayor Robert Cluck.
H1N1 influenza and the common seasonal flu can be avoided with good
hygiene, the mayor said. School district officials are reminding
parents and guardians to keep children home when they are ill.
On August 20, the City will test all of its signals in school zones,
according to Field Operations Manager Allen Jones. In areas
throughout the city, Public Works and Transportation is surveying
street markings, signs and staffing needs for school crossing
guards. The city has more than 85 crossing guards trained and ready
for the first day, Streetlight Systems Administrator Chris Baker.
Inside schools, the city’s Community Services Department is conducting
food-based inspections of school cafeterias and daycare facilities.
With lights about to start flashing around the city again, the Police
Department reminds motorists to slow down in school zones. Watch for
buses, children and pedestrians.
Just in time for the new school year, the Public Library System will
launch a new library card campaign just for teens. Visit
www.arlingtonlibrary.org for more details about the Sept. 8
kick-off event and special contests.
When Yellow School Zone Lights Are Flashing:
Slow Down. All vehicles should travel at or below 20 mph.
Focus on the Road. Avoid distractions such as the cell
phone, radio and makeup.
What you can expect to pay when failing to stop or remain stopped
for a school bus loading or unloading using visual signage.