Detroit Classroom Students

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Back To School: Summer Vacation Ends As Children Return To Classrooms

September 04, 2018 - 8:30 am

DETROIT (WWJ) – It’s the moment parents have been waiting for! Children across the state will be returning to their classrooms Tuesday, marking the official end of summer vacation.

Several little ones in metro Detroit will be hopping off the bus and going to school for the first time. Others will walk down familiar halls as they enter a new grade. 

In Detroit -- students won't be using any drinking fountains. They will be using bottled water and water coolers. The decision was made after tests showed elevated levels of lead or copper in some schools. 

Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti says it is better to be safe than sorry.

"When you're using the word 'possibly' with children's health connected to it, I don't want to be in a situation where we didn't do everything we could to make sure that our children are safe," he said.

With the start of school, police are also warning drivers to remember to stop when red lights are flashing on buses.  

Michigan State Police say drivers should prepare to stop when a bus is slowing down and its overhead yellow lights are flashing. In addition -- drivers should stop at least 20 feet away for school buses. People who don't stop could be fined between $100 and $500 and get three points on their license.  

Along with buses, drivers should also stay alert for students walking to school or standing at bus stops.