Reminder for drivers:
- Slow down and be especially alert in the residential neighborhoods and school zones
- Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs
- Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully
- Watch for children on and near the road in the morning and after school hours
- Reduce any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings. Put down your phone and don’t talk or text while driving
Reminder for your kids:
- They should cross the street with an adult until they are at least 10 years old
- Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks
- Never run out into the streets or cross in between parked cars
Make sure they always walk in front of the bus where the driver can see them.
Riding a Bike to School
- Always wear an approved helmet when riding a bicycle.
- Wearing clothing that is bright and colorful makes it easier for drivers to see you.
- Learn hand signals and use them.
- Ride a bike on the right hand wide of the road traveling in the same direction as the traffic.
- Always stop for stop signs and follow the rules of traffic lights.
- Learn and follow the rules of the road.
- Do not listen to your iPod, mp3 player or other music device. Always pay attention to the traffic.
Riding to School in a Car
- Whether you are driving your children or carpooling, make sure each child is securely strapped into their seatbelt. Younger children need the appropriate car seat or booster seat for their age or size.
- Have each child exit the car using the door on the curbside so they are not stepping out of the car into traffic.
- Do not leave the school until your child, or all those in the carpool, are safely inside the school building.
Waiting for the School Bus
- Walk to the bus stop using a sidewalk if there is one. If there is no sidewalk, stay on the left side of the street facing the traffic.
- While waiting for the school bus to arrive stay at the bus stop. Do not wander down the street, into a wooded area or onto private property.
- Do not speak to strangers while waiting for the bus.
- Do not go into the street while waiting for the bus to arrive.
- Do not roughhouse, run or play with your friends while waiting for the bus to arrive.
- When the bus approaches, line up away from the street. Wait for the bus to come to a complete stop and has the door open before stepping into the road.
Rules for Boarding the School Bus
- Hold the hand rail when getting into the school bus.
- Do not push or shove others when they are online or are boarding the bus.
- Once you are on the bus, quickly find a seat, sit down and stay seated.
Riding on the School Bus
- Stay in your seat.
- If the bus is equipped with a seat belt, make sure to fasten it securely.
- Never put your head, hands or arms out of the school bus window.
- Do not yell or make other loud noises that could distract the bus driver. Talk quietly while on the bus.
- Do not eat or drink anything while riding on the bus.
- Do not block the bus aisle with backpacks, books or musical instruments. If an emergency should arise it is important that the aisle is clear.
- Do not touch or play with the emergency exits.
- Do not throw things at others on the bus or out of the bus windows.
- When you reach the school, or your bus stop on the return trip home, have your things ready so you can leave without holding up others on the bus.