LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – What most students and parents don't see is the hard work school faculty and staff put in before the bell rings Monday morning.
Ronny Knox with Nacogdoches I.S.D. thanks his staff for their preparation for students.
"They are working more and more to try and get our rooms ready. We've had renovations on almost every campus this year," said Knox.
Over at Central I.S.D. teachers are putting the final touches on a brand new elementary and completely updated high school.
While teachers are getting ready, law enforcement hopes parents are ready to get kids to school.... safely.
"We want everyone to slow down. The kids are our main concern," said Lt. Jimmy Casper with the Hudson Police Department.
Watch for school zones across East Texas. Those flashing yellow lights mean slow down to the posted speeds, and don't forget, no cell phones.
"If you're using your cell phone you can use it hands-free, but if either one of your hands are being used to utilize your phone, then its an offense and you'll be cited for it," said Casper.
Casper says more traffic congestion could increase the risks of accidents around schools.
"Everyone is going to be taking their kid to school the first day," said Casper.
Knox agrees, he says parents should allow for extra time the first week of school, so every student is safe.
"Get up early. Don't wait to the last minute.... be patient and make sure to give your kids a hug before you drop them off," said Knox.