Safety reminders from police as schools head back

Several Treasure Valley schools begin this week

As Treasure Valley schools head back, police officers have some safety reminders for students and parents.
 
Classes in the West-Ada, Nampa and Vallivue School Districts begin Wednesday and Tuesday was the first day of school in the Boise School District.
 
Some students will likely remember their first day of school. To help keep everyone safe, 15 Boise Police Officers did ride-alongs on buses and interacted with students.
 
Boise Police say it's important students know officers are a positive presence in their schools. 
 
Children should know their route to and from school. Also, they should know their parents names, phone numbers, and home and school addresses. 
 
Police also have a message for drivers out there. 
 
"To make sure that they're paying attention to the speed limits, paying attention to the flashing lights, paying attention to the pedestrian traffic, which includes the cyclists, the walkers, the parents that are escorting their kids back and forth to school. We need to make sure that we're paying attention to those things so that everybody stays safe," said Sergeant Sarah Hill, Boise Police Department. 
 
School buses will be out on the roads picking up and dropping off kids. Drivers should be aware when a school bus has a stop arm out, they must stop. Running a stop-arm is a misdemeanor, carrying a fine of up to 500 dollars. 
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