With Manchester public schools back in session as of this morning, pretty much all New Hampshire has said farewell to summer and is down to business. Of course, fall fun still awaits. Glendi is just around the corner. The Deerfield Fair isn’t far off.

But attention must be paid — attention to learning, to listening, and to watching out for kids suddenly popping up around schools and nearby crosswalks.

We hope police are taking especial note of drivers whose attention is on their cellphones rather than on the road and who might be in it.

The number of people texting while driving is astonishing and a recipe for disaster. If someone you know is guilty of this, please tell him or her that a missed call or message is a heck of a lot less painful and consequential than a life.