Students throughout Whatcom County are dusting off their backpacks and breaking out their new shoes, as local schools get back in session starting Tuesday, Aug. 27.
Here's a list of first days of school across Whatcom County:
-- Tuesday, Aug. 27: Most Lynden Christian schools.
-- Wednesday, Aug. 28: Schools in Blaine, Lynden and Nooksack Valley districts, and Lynden Christian kindergarten and preschool.
-- Tuesday, Sept. 3: Bellingham, Meridian and Mount Baker schools.
-- Wednesday, Sept. 4: Ferndale and Lummi Nation Schools.
As classes start up, so do school zone speed limits, student crosswalks and school buses on the roads. Police tend to be out in force in the opening weeks of school to ensure student safety.
One of the most common offenses is illegally passing a school bus when it is stopped. If its lights are flashing and the stop paddle is out, indicating it is picking up or dropping off students, those who pass it face a fine of $394.
Share your videos of back to school 2013 and possibly win a gift card. You can email videos of up to two minutes to firstname.lastname@example.org by Sept. 6. We'll post our favorites to our YouTube channel. All submitted videos will be entered in a drawing for a $50 Fred Meyer gift card. And the person who submits the video that receives the most likes on YouTube by Sept. 13 will also receive a $50 gift card.