Rep. Chris Tuck

Rep. Chris Tuck
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August 20, 2019

School Started Today; Be Careful Out There

Dear Neighbors,

Now that we are finally out of session, it feels to me like summer has just begun. However, the start of school means summer is just about over. I’ve been so wrapped up in multiple special sessions and trying to pass a responsible budget that it feels like summer slipped away.

The first day of classes for grades 1 – 12 in the Anchorage School District was today, and the first day for preschool and kindergarten is next Tuesday. These young people represent our future, and we want all of them to learn and grow. To do that they need to get safely to and from school. That’s where you come in. Please use extra caution while driving and watch for children as they wait for buses or as they walk and bike on area roads and trails. Remember that children, especially when they are playing, can be forgetful and might not obey all the traffic rules all the time. Give students a little extra room and remember to slow down and keep a watchful eye when driving through school zones.

A great resource that every parent should check out is the Municipality of Anchorage’s “Safe Routes to School Manual” that details all the designated safe routes to every school in Anchorage.

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School Crossing Safety Tips

  • Always cross at corners, never in the middle of the block.
  • Stop and look in all directions before crossing.
  • If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic as far away from the road as possible.
  • Wear white or reflective clothing after dark.

 

No Talking on Cellphones in School Zones

Earlier this year, the Anchorage Assembly passed an ordinance making it illegal for a driver to talk on a cellphone while driving in a school zone. The two exceptions are when the vehicle is stopped or if the driver is using a hands-free device. The penalty is fine of up to $500.

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They Have an App for That

A great way to stay up to date on the goings-on within the Anchorage School District and your child’s school is the new app that can be easily added to your phone. The app will allow you to instantly get notifications from your child’s school and follow their academic performance. 

I’m here for you, so please keep in touch on matters important to you and your family!

Warm regards,

[signed] Chris Tuck
      Chris Tuck
      Alaska State Representative
      District 23 - Anchorage


 

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