Pencils are being sharpened and new sweaters are being hung in closets with care, and that means it's almost time for Whatcom County kids to head back to school.
Lynden Christian Schools are the first to start Tuesday, Aug. 26.
Here is a list of starting dates for schools throughout the county:
-- Aug. 27: Lynden, Blaine and Nooksack Valley school districts.
-- Sept. 2: Mount Baker, Meridian and Bellingham school districts.
-- Sept. 3: Ferndale School District, Lummi Nation Schools.
With schools back in session, that means school zone speed limits will be in place, as well as rules against passing buses with their stop paddles out. Local police agencies tend to focus on enforcement around buses and crosswalks as classes begin.