Tallahassee, Florida- August 6, 2012
The 2012-13 school year kicks off tomorrow in Florida with seven of the state’s 67 school districts beginning classes this week. Charlotte County leads the way by opening Tuesday with Brevard, Citrus, Lee, Nassau, and Walton counties beginning Wednesday and Sumter County on Thursday. The remaining school districts will start through mid-August.
“A new school year is always exciting and brings the promise of high expectations,” said Commissioner of Education Gerard Robinson. “Florida teachers and district leaders have done phenomenal work increasing student achievement and I am confident they will continue to build on that success in the coming year. My wish for the new school year is for a healthy, safe, and productive environment that gives students the opportunity to excel.”
For a complete list of Florida’s public school district opening and closing dates, see the 2012-13 School District Calendar
The beginning of the school year also brings a reminder of school bus safety. According to a survey conducted earlier this year, more than 21,000 motorists illegally passed stopped school buses on one day in April. By learning about and observing school bus safety laws, citizens can help keep children safe while they travel to and from school on the yellow school bus.
In an effort to help the public become more aware of school safety laws, the Florida Department of Education has compiled a variety of school safety resources and parents are encouraged to share them with their children and families. A list of school safety resources is below.
Stop for School Buses Brochure
School Bus Safety Tips
Florida Illegal Passing of Public School Buses Survey Results
“Stop on Red, Kids Ahead” Video on School Bus Safety
“Are We There Yet?: Staying Safe Between Home and School” Brochure
Additional safety resources
FDOE School Transportation Management
FDOE Office of Safe Schools
About the Florida Department of Education: The department’s mission is to increase the proficiency of all students within one seamless, efficient education system by providing them the chance to expand their knowledge and skills through world-class learning opportunities. Serving more than 3.5 million students, 4,200 public schools, 28 colleges, 188,000 teachers, 47,000 college professors and administrators, and 318,000 full-time staff throughout the state, the department enhances the economic self-sufficiency of Floridians through programs and services geared toward college, workforce education, job-specific skills and career development. Florida ranks first in the nation for teacher quality, first in the nation in advanced placement participation, and first in the southern region for graduation rate and degrees awarded by the Florida College System. For more information, visit www.fldoe.org