Back To School

Back To School

With schools reopening across the Mid North Coast this week, Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams is reminding motorists to be aware of children in school zones and reduce you speed when driving.

“Whilst we should always be aware when entering school zones, motorists can become complacent during school holidays,” Mrs Williams said.

“Motorists are reminded that they are required by law to reduce their speed to 40 kilometres an hour in school zones between 8am and 9.30am and then again between 2.30pm and 4pm.

“For many students this week will be their first experience of school, so motorists need to take extra care particularly during those school zone times,” Mrs Williams said.

“Across the state more than 750,000 NSW public school students will return to school from this Wednesday.
“As students return this week they will see that some schools have received much needed maintenance works.

“Hastings Public, Johns River Public, Coopernook Public, and Lansdowne Public Schools have all shared in $134,000 in improvements.

“The school holiday period provides the time to repair school facilities, while students and staff are off premises and enjoying their break.

“In 2013/14, $420 million of capital works funding is being invested in NSW public schools,” Mrs Williams said.

“A four-year, $35 million capital investment and maintenance program will improve facilities at some of the state’s most disadvantaged rural and remote schools, and minor capital works, including constructions such as new science laboratories and permanent classrooms, are being provided across the state at a cost of $204 million.

“Starting school can be daunting for many students, especially those starting preschool, primary school and high school which is why the Department of Education offers a range of services to assist families help to cope when children go back to school,” Mrs Williams said.

Resources to assist with back to school are available online at www.schoolatoz.nsw.edu.au
Help is also available to parents and caregivers via the Back-to-School Hotline, 1300 738 338. The hotline will be available between 8:30am and 4:30pm weekdays from Tuesday 28 January until Friday 14 February.

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