Tennessee's latest figures show a decrease in crashes in school zones, though. The rates dropped 7% between 2008 and 2012.
There are 153 schools in Metro Nashville with 190 crossing guards posted at each campus for safety.
The Metro Police Department is stepping up with 70 officers who will be around to ensure drivers are abiding by school zones, stop signs, and speed limits as children and buses make their way to schools across the county.
Davidson County students start off with a half day on Thursday with a teacher in-service day prepared for Friday.
Kids from first through 12th grade begin their first full day of classes on Monday, with pre-K and kindergarten kicking into to full gear on Tuesday.
Officers are also taking extra precautions in Mt. Juliet to crack down on speeding in school zones with all hands on deck.
"We are making a concerted effort for safety this year. We hope our kids have had a great summer, and now it's back-to-school time and we want them to arrive safely for them and their family," said Police Chief James Hambrick.
He continued, "We have more motorists on the road at this time and more pedestrians out and about now and we want them to be as safe as possible in our community."
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