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A new school year is about to begin for children in Cleveland County. Cleveland County Sheriff’s deputies will kick off “Operation Back to School Safely” next week in the area of Robin Hill Public School, near 48th Avenue NE and Franklin Road, in Norman. School begins Aug. 11, for Robin Hill students. A week later, deputies will expand the traffic program to school zones near Noble Public Schools, Little Axe Public Schools and Lexington Public Schools. Students return to Noble Public Schools on Aug. 15. School begins at Little Axe Public Schools the next day. Lexington students will head to class Aug. 18. “Operation Back to School Safely” focuses on school traffic safety. Sheriff Joe Lester initiated the program in 2009. During these next two weeks, citizens will observe an extra patrol emphasis in and around school zones. Motorists caught speeding or driving recklessly will be stopped and cited. Deputies encourage everyone to slow down in and around school zones and obey all traffic laws. Students will be walking or driving to school. Also, please remember, US 77 in Slaughterville is a four-lane highway. Motorists must stop in all directions when a bus has its red lights and stop sign activated for students loading and unloading off the bus. Lester said drivers should be alert for children around schools, especially pedestrians crossing roads in school zones. “When you drive in a school zone, please be careful as children walk to class and leave school each day,” Lester said. “Deputies will patrol each of these school zones to remind the public that school is back in session and watch out for kids.” Any questions regarding this press release and/or information can be addressed to Meghan Jackson, Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office, community liaison/public information officer. Jackson can be reached at (405) 701-8847.