School is back in session, and all school zones in Seabrook are now active. Phase Two of the “Safely Reopening CCISD” plan began Monday, August 31, 2020, allowing preschool, kindergarten, and sixth-grade students to start the “Brick and Mortar” school option. Phase Three of the plan will begin on September 14, 2020, and all grade levels will resume at that time.
As school resumes, the City of Seabrook would like to remind drivers to be mindful and cautious as more students will be on city streets in the coming weeks. Drivers are reminded not to text or talk on cell phones; to slow down in school zones; to be aware of students; and to always pay attention and stop for school bus loading and unloading.
Residents who commute along North Meyer in the morning and afternoon need to be aware that Bay Elementary is now utilizing a new access point by the Seabrook Baseball Complex. The newly constructed street will be the primary access point for parents picking up and dropping off their children. Bay Elementary doors open at 7:30 a.m., and students are dismissed at 3:25 p.m. Traffic congestion may occur on North Meyer during these times, especially during student pick-up times. Parents are encouraged to review the Bay Elementary drop-off and pick-up procedures and to always be patient and cautious.
School driving safety tips:
Remember to obey all traffic laws and speed limits, both in school zones and in neighborhoods around schools.
PUT DOWN THE PHONE
Texas state law prohibits the use of cell phones in school zones or while on the property of public schools. Hand free devices may be used.
ALLOW FOR MORE TIME
As the new school begins, allow yourself enough time to get to your destination until you learn the effects of the increased traffic.
Make a mental note of bus stops or students walking to and from school.
YIELD TO PEDESTRIANS
When a pedestrian is in a crosswalk, they have the right-of-way. Always stop for a crossing guard holding a stop sign.
WATCH FOR CHILDREN
Pay attention and watch for children walking or bicycling in areas near school and bus stops.
Parent and student pedestrian safety tips:
Always pick the safest route from home to school. Take the time to walk the route with your student before school begins and practice walking it.
USE SIDEWALKS OR TRAILS
Use public sidewalks or trails whenever possible, and if there is not a sidewalk, always walk facing traffic.
OBEY TRAFFIC LAWS
Even pedestrians have to obey the rules of the road. Remind your student to recognize and obey traffic signals and pavement markings. Pedestrians should only cross the street at designated crosswalks, street corners, and traffic controlled intersections.
LOOK BOTH WAYS
Always look both ways before crossing the street and never enter streets from between obstacles like parked cars, shrubbery, signs, etc.
Bright color clothing does increase visibility and can help drivers see pedestrians in the early morning hours or at dusk.
WALK IN GROUPS
There is safety in numbers, encourage your children to walk in a group to and from school. Groups are more likely to be seen by drivers.
Bike riders are reminded to always wear a helmet; have reflectors on pedals, frame, and wheels; be aware and be seen; and always obey the rules of the road, including stop signs and traffic lights.
The City of Seabrook wants everyone to have a safe and enjoyable school year. For more information on the “Safely Reopening CCISD” plan, visit www.ccisd.net/reopen.