Drivers be aware of school zones as students return to class

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It is that time of year when East Texans are still experiencing summer weather, but local school districts are beginning fall semesters.

As a result of voter approval of a nearly $95 million bond in November 2016, Whitehouse ISD now boasts two new school campuses, Brown Elementary at 14600 CR 2191 or Oscar Burkett Road, and Whitehouse Junior High at 101 Bain Place.

Due to the new location of both campuses, the school zone on Highway 110 just north of F.M. 346 has been removed. The school zone on Highway 110 at Cain Elementary will remain in place.

Caution lights for a new school zone has been installed on F.M. 346 from just west of Willingham Road to Shahan Ranch Boulevard. The speed limit will be 35 mph through the school zone.

Whitehouse Police Chief Ed Morris cautions drivers, when school is in session, to always be aware of school zones. He also recommends motorists remember once they have dropped off their own children, there are other students being dropped off or even walking to school and to remain alert.

Troup ISD starts its fall semester classes Monday, Aug. 20. Troup Elementary begins the school day at 7:50 a.m. and ends at 3:20 p.m. The middle school and high school both commence at 8 a.m. with students released at 3:30 p.m.

Whitehouse schools begin the new semester Tuesday, Aug. 21. All Whitehouse elementary campuses begin at 7:55 a.m. and end at 3:10 p.m. Holloway Sixth Grade Campus also begins at 7:55 a.m. but students are not released until 3:15 p.m. The junior high and high school campuses each start the school day at 7:50 a.m. with Whitehouse Junior High releasing students and 3:10 and Whitehouse High School remaining until 3:25.

Bullard ISD schools will return to school beginning Wednesday, Aug. 22. The first bell for all Bullard ISD schools is at 7:45 a.m. with the tardy bell for each location at 7:55 a.m. with the exception of Bullard Middle School. The late bell for the middle school campus will ring at 7:50 a.m.

Bullard Early Childhood will dismiss for the day at 3:10 p.m. The primary, elementary and intermediate schools will release students at 3:15 p.m. Middle school students will end the day at 3:20 p.m. and high school students will be dismissed at 3:35 p.m.

Arp began the fall semester Thursday, Aug. 16. The elementary school day begins at 7:50 a.m. and ends at 3:20 p.m. The junior high begins at 7:55 a.m. and ends at 3:25 p.m. while the high school starts the day at 8 a.m. and students are released at 3:30 p.m.

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