Multiple back to school start dates help ease traffic

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Have you been battling back-to-school traffic? Between school zones, carpool lanes, and school bus stops, we all know commutes get a little slower when the school year starts. But this year is a little different.

Houston's five biggest school districts begin class on four different days, and that means the school year gridlock doesn't start all at once.

Aldine ISD, our area's fifth biggest school district is already back in session. More than 69,700 students went back to class on August 21. Katy ISD, the fourth biggest district saw 70,330 students head back to class on August 16.

On August 22, 72,152 students head back to class in the third biggest district, Fort Bend ISD.

But get ready. The two biggest school districts are still not back in session. Houston ISD and Cy Fair ISD begin on the same day, August 28. A combined 328,248 students will head back to class on Monday, so get ready for more gridlock. And most importantly, remember to slow down in school zones.

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