It is that time of year again when kids from all over Acadiana and the rest of the state will be heading back to classes.  For St. Mary Parish school will start up again on Wednesday, August the 8th.  Teachers, student, parents and bus drivers will be heading out on our roadways this week to get our children to school.

St. Mary Parish Sheriff Mark Hebert wants to remind drivers that school bus drivers, kids and more will be trying to make it to school on time.  He reminds people that starting Wednesday school zones will be in effect.

Hebert reminds drivers that according to state law, all drivers are required to stop no less than 30 feet from a school bus that is picking up or dropping off students.  He says that a bus will use visual signals like lights and/or stop signs so the drivers will know that they are about to make a stop.  He reminds you to think of the children when driving as school will be back in session.

The sheriff says he also wants people to remember this week that with school starting up again, it will mean that drivers will need to slow down to the posted speed limit in a school zone.