Yonkers urges caution on roads as schools reopen

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The city of Yonkers is buzzing today as thousands of students in the city are returning to school today.

School officials say they expect this to be a good year boasting a 5 % increase in English Language Arts and mathematics scores as well as a 90% graduation rate. "We have at least 10 schools that went through major renovations; we have a new gym floor over at Saunders, we have a new field where our football teams will play for the first time," says Yonkers Schools Superintendent Dr. Edwin Quezada.

The students of Montessori School 27 in Yonkers were ready to hit the ground running for the start of the new school year. "I want to do medicine in college, so I'm just hoping I can do well in science," says one student. "I'm excited because I'm going to make new friends and there's new people," says another.

With 27,000 students in the city's school district, that means a lot of kids in buses and on streets walking to school.  That's why officials from the Yonkers Police Department, the school district, and the Department of Public Works are joining together to remind drivers that, starting today, the streets of the city will once again be lined with students of all ages. They say children will be walking to school and standing on various street corners waiting for their busses, so it's important to not only keep an eye out for them, but also follow the rules of the road.
They are pleading that drivers don't speed, especially in the early morning hours and in the afternoons when schools let out. "There are 600 yellow school busses on the streets of Yonkers, and there are 27,000 kids in our school district, most of which are moving in and about our city," says Mayor Mike Spano.

Spano also emphasized that drivers should never try to go around stopped school busses that have their lights blinking and the stop signs extended. They are adamant that that type of driving will definitely get you a ticket.

Yonkers police are usually out in full force especially during the first few weeks of school looking for drivers who are violating the rules of the road.

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