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Partnership Creates Back2School PSA to Keep Students Safe

August 10, 2017 - Points of Pride

As summer draws to a close, back-to-school season is in full effect. Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS) and the Florida Department of Education (FDOT) team up to roll out a 2017 Back to School Student Safety public service announcement (PSA).

This is a part of an ongoing partnership with HCPS and Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) School Transportation Resource Working Group (STRWG), chaired by board member Cindy Stuart to raise awareness on bicycle and pedestrian safety for students.

Superintendent Jeff Eakins and Community Traffic Safety Team Coordinator, Ginger Regalado welcomed students back to school with a couple of safety tips: Walk Wise, Bike Smart, Drive Safe, and Put it Down. These tips provide children with the necessary knowledge to keep safe while they travel to and from school and reminds the communities to safely share the roads with students.

Eakins reminds families and students, "Whether students walk, ride their bicycle or take the bus to school, it is extremely important that they - and the motorists around them - take proper safety precautions.​Remember student safety is everyone’s responsibility."  

The District's Safe Routes to School program is a county-wide effort to promote walking and biking to school and making walking to school, safe, popular, and fun for families. In an effort to decrease traffic congestion around schools and increase safety, academic performance and wellness for HCPS students.  To learn more about Safe Routes to School, click here 






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