Summer vacation and all its wonder is about to reach its final chapter. The first day of school in Warren County is Friday.
“It’s an exciting time of year for me,” said Director of Schools Bobby Cox. “I’m ready to get back to business and I hope our students are looking forward to getting back too.”
The school day starts at 7:45 a.m. and Cox reminds motorists to be on the lookout for stopped school buses and heightened activity around schools. He asks for parents to be patient and says the first few days of school are typically the worst from a traffic standpoint.
“It takes a few days for everybody to get in a routine,” said Cox. “We have some construction areas at the high school, Bobby Ray and Irving College that will take some adjustment, but we should be fine once everyone figures out where to go.”
As for starting school on Friday, Cox said it gives students a day to “get acclimated” before the first full week. He also said it worked out to start on a Friday the way the school calendar meshed with the regular calendar.
“We always try to get 150 instructional days in before we start testing so this allows us to do that, and we also try to get out of school the last Friday before Memorial Day and we’re able to do that,” said Cox.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol says it plans to have an increases presence around school zones to help remind motorists classes are once again in session. Troopers issued 525 speeding tickets statewide in school zones last school year.