There will be more than 3,500 students headed to school in West Irondequoit.

As of Thursday morning, all schools in our area will be back in session, including West Irondequoit.

It's been more than a year since 14-year-old Michael Lynch was hit and killed on his way to school. That brought big changes to the town so a tragedy like this won't happen again.

As students return to school this morning, drivers must be alert, or else you could get a ticket.

There will be more than 3,500 students headed to school in West Irondequoit and hundreds of them bike or walk to school.

In an effort to make school zones safer, the town has reduced the speed limit to 20 miles per hour near most schools. District officials have also added new speed bumps on four campuses this year. Also, there's a new one-way traffic pattern in front of Dake Junior High School.

District and town officials have been pushing to make this area safer since Lynch was hit and killed in the school zone in March of 2017.

Superintendent Jeff Crane says he hopes these changes save a life.

"Our community continues to react to that and grow from that so that it never happens again," Crane says. "I wish I could guarantee that it would never happen again, but we're doing everything we can"

Crane also adds he encourages drivers and students to be alert.

Lynch's father said his son would still be alive if the speed limit were lowered sooner.

Again, the speed limit is 20 miles per hour during school hours and the town-wide speed limit is 30 miles per hour.