The new school year is just around the corner and that may mean a change in your drive time routine.
Tyler Independent School District has adopted a new bell schedule for middle and high schools. Middle schools now will start at 8:25 a.m. and release at 3:40 p.m.; high schools begin at 8:40 a.m. and end at 4:10 p.m. All elementary schools will still begin at 8 a.m. and release at 3 p.m. Please keep this information in mind when planning local trips.
School flashers will be in operation in marked school speed zones beginning Monday, August 23, 2010, between the hours of 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., with the following exceptions:
· West Loop 323 near John Tyler High School - This school speed zone will be in effect between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. and 4 p.m. and 4:45 p.m.
· South Donnybrook near Robert E. Lee High School - This school speed zone will be in effect between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. and 4 p.m. and 4:45 p.m.
· Copeland Road at Hubbard Drive - This school speed zone will be in effect between the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Additionally, a new school speed zone with a speed limit of 35 mph has been added on West Front Street just east of West Loop 323 for the new Jones Boshears Elementary School.
School crossing guards will be on duty in designated locations during the hours of the school flasher operations. Crossing guards will raise a hand-held stop paddle and enter the crosswalk in preparation for allowing pedestrians to cross safely. Motorists are required to stop at pedestrian crossing locations while the school crossing guard is in the street; all vehicles should wait until the crossing guard returns to the curb before continuing through the crossing.
Citizens are asked to review their commute route to avoid unnecessary delays.
"The first three weeks of a new school year are always very hectic as everyone adjusts to their new routines, especially when we have new schools opening," commented City of Tyler Traffic Engineer Peter Eng. "Give yourself extra time to get where you need to go and be patient with other drivers. Safety is more important that anything else. Each school has developed a traffic flow plan available to all parents to provide for the safe loading and unloading of students and also to get cars in and out of the school property as efficiently possible."
Please remember that the use of hand-held communication devices like cell phones is prohibited in school speed zones.
For more information about Tyler ISD schools and school schedules, go to www.tylerisd.org  <http://www.tylerisd.org/>. A list of designated school speed zones is located in the City of Tyler's code of ordinances at www.cityoftyler.org  http://www.cityoftyler.org/ .