Natrona County School District and Casper Police Department prepare for back to school

Published: Aug. 19, 2021 at 5:26 PM CDT
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Natrona County School District is looking forward to welcoming students back to the classroom for the upcoming school year. As classes begin, NCSD and the Casper Police Department are reminding the community to keep an eye on the road.

“Our students are going to be super excited to start school. It’s always a great start to the school year, they’re excited and with that they are paying attention but we also have to make sure that we are paying attention to them and taking care of them and ensuring a safe start of school for all,” said Tanya Southerland, the Director of Public Relations for NCSD.

NCSD recommends if your child will be riding the bus or walking to school that you draft up a plan ahead of time. Making sure your child is aware of their surroundings and having those targeted conversations with them is important.

“One of the biggest things that I like to note really is the cell phone usage. And so just making sure that your kiddo knows that as they’re walking to and from school that they need to be aware of their surroundings,” said Southerland.

The Casper Police Department will be closely monitoring back to school activity for students and community members. NCSD and the Casper Police Department want to remind commuters to never pass a stopped school bus as children may be crossing the road. As school zones go back into effect after a long summer, CPD wants residents to remember to slow down on their way through those areas.

“The best thing that we can do as a law enforcement agency is issue those citations and conduct traffic stops when we see individuals in violation. You know, we can’t just ignore things like that because it is very serious,” said Rebekah Ladd, the Public Information Officer for the Casper Police Department.

The Casper Police Department utilizes grant funding to ensure they have officers in the school zones at the beginning of the year. The School Resource Officers and the Traffic Unit will be assisting in efforts to make sure both students and drivers stay safe.

“So the first several weeks of school you’re going to see more officers than you usually do simply because we have the ability to have grant funding to pay the officers to be there, and it’s important enough that we use the grant funding for those specific weeks of the beginning of the school year,” said Ladd.

School zones will start a week before classes actually begin to get drivers back in the habit of slowing down.

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