NASSAU COUNTY, Fla. -- Thousands of kids are heading back to school across the First Coast in Nassau and Charlton Counties.
Safety on the roads will be a top priority for local law enforcement in the coming weeks to help keep your children safe.
Rose Degener's daughter, Anastasia, is just starting the third grade at Yulee Elementary.
"She's excited. She's ready to be back in school after being off all summer," she said.
This year, 11,000 kids are returning to the classroom in Nassau County.
Transportation Director David Buchanan said at any given time, there are 80 buses coming and going from the bus yard to pick up children all over the county.
Buchanan said he wants parents to be mindful of the early bus pickup times.
"We would love for the parents to walk their kids to the school bus stop, especially these in the early morning. We would love for the students to wear light and reflective apparel," he said.
The Florida Highway Patrol, along with local law enforcement, are also reminding parents and drivers to obey the rules of the roads. This includes dropping your speed limit while driving through a school zone, stopping for buses that are loading and unloading kids, and giving yourself plenty of time to navigate school traffic.
This year, Nassau County will also dismiss kids early on Wednesdays.
"This is to allow our teachers an extra hour of planning during each week, Buchanan said.