Back-To-School Safety Tips

It's that time of year again when summer draws to a close and area schools open their doors for another school year.
By following these safety tips we can help make this back to school season a happy and safe experience for everyone.

School Bus Safety Tips

  • Children riding the bus to school should learn and practice a few safety rules for getting on and off the bus.
  • Get to the bus stop early. Do not run to the bus.
  • Make sure your child stays out of the street and avoids excessive horseplay while waiting for the school bus.
  • Wait until the bus has come to a complete stop before walking toward it.
  • If crossing the street, wait for a signal from the bus driver.  Look both ways to make sure there is no moving traffic from either direction.
  • Always cross in front of the bus so the driver can see you.
  • If the bus has lap and shoulder belts, use them.
  • Once the bus is in motion, remain in your seat.
  •  Keep your arms and head inside the bus at all times.
  • Do not shout or distract the driver
  • Only get off the bus at your assigned spot.

Walking Safety

  • Children should only walk to school alone if they are old enough and ready to make the walk safely.
  • Children are not ready to walk to school without an adult until they are at least 10 years old.
  • Teach children to obey all traffic signals, signs, traffic officers, and crossing guards, whether they are walking, biking or riding a bus
  • Younger kids cannot be trusted to make smart traffic choices on their own.
  • Plan and practice a safe walking route with your child until he/she knows it well.
  • Use streets with sidewalks, crosswalks and crossing guards. Avoid as many intersections as possible.
  • Have children walk with a friend or in a group.
  • Talk to your child about what to do if they are approached by a stranger.
  • Teach children to walk confidently and to be alert to their surroundings
  • Be sure children know their address, phone number for their parents.

Safety Tips for Drivers

  • Drivers should be aware of children walking to school or to the bus stop.
  • ALWAYS stop of school busses that are loading and unloading children
  • NEVER pass other vehicles while driving in a school zone
  • When backing out of the driveway, watch for children walking to school or to a bus stop.
  • On streets without crossing guards, watch out for children trying to cross the street.

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