Safety key as students return to school

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

By Jason Johnston

The Barry County Sheriff's Office and the Cassville Police Department want drivers to be aware of their surroundings as the remaining area K--12 students go back to school today.

"We want them to be aware of the speed limit during school hours around the school campus, take extra care in these areas for the safety of our students," said Police Chief Dana Kammerlohr. "We ask for (everyone) to have patience while driving through this area."

Parents should discuss with their children about being aware of the traffic, looking both ways before crossing a street and using a crosswalk whenever possible, Kammerlohr said.

If drivers come upon a school bus that has flashing lights with its stop sign extended out, they should stop, said Sheriff Mick Epperly. Drivers should be cautious when buses are loading and unloading students.

"During school hours, especially during loading and unloading, I'm going to have extra deputies out to watch the area schools to make sure [the drivers] slow down," he said.

The Sheriff's Office is going to have more of a presence at the schools, said Epperly, who wants each student to be safe this year. If students walk to school, they should not to talk to strangers, and they should walk with another student.

"I'm not trying to put any fear into anybody, but that is something that we need to drill into everyone because there are kidnappings throughout the United States, and I don't want it to happen in [Barry County]," he said.

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