Five local school districts go back to school Wednesday, including 37,000 students in St. Johns County.
On Tuesday, parents were at Fruit Cove Middle School for an open house. We asked them about any concerns going into the school year. Many did express some safety concerns with Race Track Road and their students having to walk right by it.
The normal speed limit 45 mph, but motorists routinely go faster than 60 mph. In the school zones, the speed limit is 35 mph.
Race Track Road is home to 3 schools: Julington Creek Elementary, Fruit Cove Middle and Durbin Creek Elementary, but some parents say drivers treat this road like their own race track.
Several students will be walking and riding their bikes to school along Race Track Road starting Wednesday.
“People think that this is a street that they can just go by really fast, so anything that can slow them down … will help a lot, you know?” said parent Roberto Sanchez.
The school district requires that students who live within two miles of their school get to school on their own. We drove down the stretch ourselves.
“There are plenty of crossing guards and the crossing guards do a really great job here in St Johns County,” said parent Sarah Carl.
But parents are hoping drivers do their part, too.
“Just to heed the speed limits. Just to realize that these are kids. They know the rules and they're going to try but they're kids,” said parent Rebekah Sanchez.
And for students who do ride the bus, the school district said new this year they've installed new radios in all of the buses. That way, the bus driver can better communicate with law enforcement for any problems along the road.
Those radios were paid for with the county's new half-cent sales tax.