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Burbank Unified Students Head Back To School

Burbank Unified School District welcomed students to the first day of school on Monday, August 13. Approximately 12,000 students are enrolled in BUSD schools on 11 different campuses throughout the city.

The District partnered with the Burbank Police Department, the City of Burbank and the Automobile Club of Southern California/AAA at a safety awareness event on August 9 at David Starr Jordan Middle School.

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Jordan fifth-grader Lexi Gainer, age 10, demonstrates the proper way to embark from a car along the curb – not from a doubled parked car in the middle of the street. ( Photo by © Ross A Benson)

Superintendent Matt Hill visited several schools throughout the District on the first day of classes. Principals and staff at each school site bustled to help students find their way around campus and begin the 2018-19 school year.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

BUSD and AAA released a list of safety advice for families, caregivers and students.

Driving safety tips:

  1. Slow down. Speed limits in school zones are reduced for a reason. A pedestrian struck by a vehicle traveling 25 mph is much less likely to be killed than a pedestrian struck by a vehicle traveling just 10 mph faster. The difference between 25 mph and 35 mph can save a life.
  2. Eliminate distractions and put down the cell phone. Children often cross the road unexpectedly and may emerge suddenly between two parked cars. Research shows that taking your eyes off the road for just two seconds doubles your chances of crashing.
  3. Talk to your teen. Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the United States, and more than one-quarter of fatal crashes involving teen drivers occur during the after-school hours of 3 to 7 p.m. Get evidence-based guidance and tips at TeenDriving.AAA.com.
  4. Come to a complete stop. Research shows that more than one-third of drivers roll through stop signs in school zones or neighborhoods. Always come to a complete stop, checking carefully for children on sidewalks and in crosswalks before proceeding.
  5. Watch for bicycles. Children on bikes are often inexperienced, unsteady and    unpredictable. Slow down and allow at least three feet of passing distance between your vehicle and the bicycle. If your child rides a bicycle to school, require that they wear a properly fitted bicycle helmet on every ride. Find videos, expert advice and safety tips at ShareTheRoad.AAA.com.

Volunteer Linda Walmsley mans the stop sign showing kids the proper way to use a marked crosswalk. ( Photo by © Ross A Benson)

Distracted walking safety tips include:

  • Wait until you get to your destination before calling people, texting, or gaming. If you have to text or make a call while walking, stop and find a safe location.
  • Avoid using hands-free devices while walking – Hang up and walk!
  • Remove your headphones or turn down the volume of your music so you can hear what’s going on around you.
  • Keep watching out for cars while crossing the street. There are a lot of distracted drivers out there so keep looking all around you while in and around crosswalks.
  • Be a role model. Pay attention while you walk and if you see your friends and family distracted while they walk – speak up.

BUSD Heads Back To School

More than 15,000 students in grades TK – 12 headed back to school for the beginning of the Burbank United School District 2017-18 academic year on Monday, August 14. Superintendent Matt Hill visited several schools throughout the district to welcome students, teachers and staff.

MyBurbank Chief Photographer Ross Benson joined Hill on his travels throughout the school district.

Superintendent Matt Hill stops at Luther Middle School and talks with Principal Oscar Macias during Nutrition. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

BUSD is comprised of 11 elementary schools (Walt Disney, Thomas Edison, Ralph Emerson, Bret Harte,Thomas Jefferson, William McKinley, Joaquin Miller, Providencia, Theodore Roosevelt, R.L. Stevenson and George Washington), three middle schools (Luther Burbank, John Muir and David Starr Jordan) and three high schools (Burbank, John Burroughs and Monterey.)

The Burbank Adult School and four alternative education schools (Arts For All, BUSD Career Technical Education, Community Day School and the Horace Mann Child Development Center) are also under the umbrella of BUSD.

Superintendent Matt Hill was joined by Burroughs Principal Deborah Madrigal in checking out a new Freshman class at Burroughs High School. ( Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Unified First Day Of School Arrives

It was a hot first day of school for the more than 15,000 students in Burbank Unified School District as they started classes Monday, August 15, and temps neared 100 degrees by afternoon dismissal.

BUSD Superintendent Matt Hill visited the various school sites through town and welcomed students and staff back to school.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

“Today was a great day! Students, parents and teachers were very excited to be back at school,” Hill said on Monday. “Many commented on the great improvements they are seeing in facility and technology upgrades due to the Measure S investments we are making.”

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

“I am looking forward to working with all of our employees to build on our successes, especially in the areas of mental health and wellness and our goal of achieving a 100% graduation rate,” Hill added.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

The Burbank Unified School district includes 11 elementary schools, three middle and three high schools, along with a Transitional Kindergarten program, the Horace Mann Children’s Center, the Burbank Adult School, the Magnolia Park School, Community Day School and the Independent Learning Academy.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

Police Emphasize Back To School Safety

By Lisa Paredes

Back to School season in Burbank means back to major traffic hold-ups at certain times of the day around our local schools. The Burbank Police Department and Burbank Unified School District work together to make drop off and pick up as smooth and safe as possible for everyone. During the first few weeks of the school year, and at certain times throughout the year, BPD sends out patrol and motorcycle officers, parking enforcement and other personnel to the schools and surrounding areas to help remind everyone in the area about driving and walking safely to school.

(Photo by Ross A.Benson)

(Photo by Ross A.Benson)

“Traffic congestion at/around the schools continues to be a challenge for everyone involved,” commented Sergeant Kerry Schilf of the Traffic Bureau. “It is suggested to parents that they arrive early, park at a distance from the school and walk their child to school. Double parking and letting children out of a vehicle while stopped in traffic places the child in danger.”

Burbank Unified brings traffic and safety issues and concerns to the attention of police officials through the daily interaction with school administrators. Crossing guards are deployed at critical intersections near schools to assist parents and children walking to school. However, most people walking or driving to school are dealing with everyone else out on the roads and sidewalks, on their way to school and work, all concerned about being on time.

Burbank Police have some helpful suggestions to keep in mind:


  • Be patient in heavy traffic, slow down, plan ahead and arrive early
  • Use the safe delivery/valet drop-off area
  • Have your children exit your vehicle on the right side (sidewalk side) away from moving vehicles. Make an effort to pull your vehicle to the curb before letting students out.
  • Stay alert and look around for others walking nearby. Don’t use cell phones or other distractions.
  • Park your car in the appropriate areas and obey parking restrictions
  • Obey all traffic laws


  • Park or leave your vehicle in delivery/valet drop-off area or red no-parking zones
  • Stop your vehicle in the middle of the street to let your child in or out
  • Walk between vehicles in drop-off or pick-up area
  • Allow your child to cross the street outside designated crossing area
  • Pass vehicles on the wrong side of the street
(Photo by Ross A.Benson)

(Photo by Ross A.Benson)

For commuters in the area and parents alike, drive slowly and look all around. The few seconds or even two minutes of time you may save rushing down the street near to a school is not worth it. And, local parents and students, be considerate and aware of your surroundings. Don’t leave parked cars blocking other vehicles and cross the street safely. Here’s to a great, and safe, new school year!







Burbank Nonprofit Coalition will host the Annual Back to School Celebration

The Burbank Nonprofit Coalition will host the Annual Back to School Celebration at 10am – 1pm on Saturday, August 4, 2012 at the Burbank Housing Corporation, 1815 Grismer Ave., Burbank.

The event will feature booths for various organizations in the community for families to receive free information, services, and supplies. Services include dental screenings, eye screenings, haircuts, childcare registration opportunities, and more. Local businesses, service clubs and organizations were

Hundreds showed up to Saturday’s Connect with your Community Backpack Giveaway, there were plenty of goodies for the kids who will be going back to school in the coming weeks, free haircuts from Marinelo’s School of Beauty (Photos By Ross A. Benson)

invited to donate supplies, set up equipment, and food for the day of the event. Approximately over 500 pre-registered students will receive back packs, over 200 additional students are expected to attend the celebration and receive the services.

Some partners include Panda Express providing snacks and Burbank Kiwanis for Fun providing lunch. Walmart is donating school supplies along with many other businesses and Warner Bros. and Woodbury University donated all of the Backpacks and Marinello School of Beauty in Burbank will provide free back to school haircuts for all kids.

The Back to School Celebration focuses specifically on the students who are lower income and are in need of backpacks, supplies and services. The goal is to prepare students to succeed in school.