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School starts in most West Michigan Districts today


KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- Today is the day that all public school students in Kalamazoo County and some private school students go back to class.

The districts share calendars, because programs like the Math and Science Center and art and vocational programs administered by KRESA also mean the districts share programs. State law also requires that classes start after Labor Day.

Kalamazoo County Sheriff Richard Fuller says that means morning commuters should be on the lookout for children walking, crossing and waiting for buses near streets from now on.

It also means maintaining a safe distance from school buses, and obeying lights and signs on those buses when they stop.

He says it’s always best for students to walk to school in groups or with parents and leave early enough so you don’t have to rush, and risk making a dangerous mistake on the way.

Students may have had the summer off but Kalamazoo School officials say they have been working straight through, improving and upgrading buildings, interviewing and hiring new staff, and preparing for the new school year.

Supt. Michael Rice says custodians, administrators, and a lot of other staff work year round doing everything from mowing lawns to evaluating teachers.

On the first day of school, when students get off the bus, they are always welcomed in the Kalamazoo District by celebrity greeters, who will encourage them to do their best and take advantage of the opportunity offered by The Promise scholarship.