Public schools open across Lee County today.
An estimated 86,000 students, ranging from kindergarten through high school, will return to the classroom as the new school year gets underway.
With a midweek opening, law enforcement and district officials are urging safety first for both children walking to school or waiting at bus stops, and drivers transporting kids or heading to work.
The key tip, officials say, is to be aware.
Officials with the Cape Coral Police Department, the Lee County Sheriff's Office and the School District of Lee County all have the same message to share: Drivers should slow down and give themselves extra time, both in the morning and afternoon.
In addition to more pedestrian traffic - little feet on the streets - expect extra vehicles on the road, including school buses making frequent stops.
Rules of the road require drivers to stop for a bus that has its flashing red lights on and its stop arm extended unless going the opposite direction on divided roadways.
Watch - and wait - for students crossing as well.
Pay attention to signs, roadway markings, or flashing lights indicating school zones and designated crossing areas. Expect, and compensate for, speed limits that have been adjusted downward during school traffic hours.
It's good advice, helping us all do our part to make this a safe and productive school year throughout Lee County.
- Breeze editorial