The beginning of a new school year is almost here! Soon in August Florida’s school children and youths will return for a new year of learning, adventures, sports, friendship, fun and growing. Let Florida 511 help guide the journey.
Back to school is an exciting time! The adventure starts on Aug. 3 to 5, with a state of Florida tax holiday on select clothing and school supplies. Then, throughout the month of August, each county has its first day of school. There are 67 Florida counties, and each school district in these counties chooses its first day of school. Many public schools in Florida start between Aug. 10 and 24.
The first day of school and a new school year are often highly anticipated. As a result, driving conditions can be a bit hectic. There are more cars on the roads and more children waiting at bus stops, walking and bicycling. Of course, there are the ubiquitous yellow busses. The FDOT and National Safety Council have tips for drivers during this back-to-school season.
Be a class act. The FDOT suggests motorists start the school year off on a good foot by using the Florida 511 Traveler Information System to help get to and from school adventures. The website and mobile app help drivers plan a safe journey on major Florida roads. The 3,200 live cameras may be useful for parents who use state roads and interstates to take children to school or after-school activities. To learn more, click here.