Watauga County Schools will open Monday, August 22, 2016. Boone Police are going to be out ensuring it is a safe and smooth first day for students, parents, and staff. Officers will be posted at Hardin Park Elementary School and Watauga High School monitoring vehicular and pedestrian traffic. Officers will be strictly enforcing school bus and school zone safety laws. As a reminder, below are some safety tips for all of us to follow.
SCHOOL BUS SAFETY
School bus safety is not only important in school zones, but all other areas where students are picked up and dropped off. When you see a school bus stopped with flashing red lights, traffic from both directions must stop. It is a misdemeanor violation to pass a stopped school bus. This charge will result in a fine of up to $500 and 5 driver’s license points. If you observe someone passing a stopped school bus, please note the vehicle license plate and immediately report it to the Boone Police Department, or your local law enforcement agency. You may also report violations via High Country Crime Stoppers, www.highcountrycrimestoppers.com.
TRAFFIC FLOW SAFETY
On school days from 7:20 AM until 8:00 AM and 2:15 PM until 3:00 PM, northbound traffic on Jefferson Road (Hwy 194) is not permitted to make a left turn into Hardin Park. Official signs have been erected and officers will be enforcing violations. Drivers wishing to enter Hardin Park School should use New Market Blvd near A Cleaner World and then turn right onto Jefferson Road to enter the school. This will make traffic flow more efficient, eliminate congestion, and increase safety.