With school right around the corner it is important that together we work to keep our kids safe!
Safety Tips for Drivers
- Slow down and obey all traffic laws and speed limits, both in school zones and in neighborhoods surrounding the school.
- Comply with local school drop-off and pick-up procedures for the safety of all children accessing the school.
- Avoid double parking or stopping on crosswalks to let children out of the car. Double parking will block visibility for other children and other motorists. Visibility is further reduced during the rain and fog seasons when condensation forms on car windows.
- Avoid loading or unloading children at locations across the street from the school. This forces youngsters to unnecessarily cross busy streets—often mid-block rather than at a crosswalk.
- Prepare to stop for a school bus when overhead yellow lights are flashing. Drive with caution when you see yellow hazard warning lights are flashing on a moving or stopped bus.
- Stop for a school bus with its red overhead lights flashing, regardless of the direction from which the driver is approaching. Drivers must not proceed until the school bus resumes motion and the red lights stop flashing, or until signaled by the school bus driver to proceed.
- Watch for children walking or bicycling (both on the road and the sidewalk) in areas near a school.
- Watch for children playing and gathering near bus stops. Watch for children arriving late for the bus, who may dart into the street without looking for traffic.
- Watch for children walking or biking to school when backing up (out of a driveway or leaving a garage).
Whether children walk, ride their bicycle or take the bus to school, it is extremely important that they take proper safety precautions.
Here are some tips to make sure your child safely travels to school.
Walking to school
- Review your family’s walking safety rules.
- Walk on the sidewalk, if one is available. When on a street with no sidewalk,
walk facing the traffic.
- Before you cross the street, stop and look left, right and left again to see if cars
- Never dart out in front of a parked car.
- Practice walking to school with your child. Cross streets at crosswalks when
Riding a bicycle to school
- Make sure your child always wears his/her helmet when leaving the house.
- Make sure helmet is fitted and secured properly.
- Teach your children the rules of the road.
- Ride on the right side of the road, with traffic, and in a single file.
- Come to a complete stop before crossing the street. Walk bike across street.
Riding the bus to school
- Go to the bus stop with your child to teach them the proper way to get on and off the
- Make sure your children stand six feet away (or 3 giant steps) from the curb.
- If your child and you need to cross the street in front of the bus, walk on the side of the road until you are 10 feet ahead of the bus. You always should be able to see the bus driver, and the bus driver always should be able to see you.
Many school-related injuries are completely preventable. Follow these steps to ensure your child’s safety at school.
Preventing backpack-related injuries
- Chose a backpack for your child carefully. It should have ergonomically designed
features to enhance safety and comfort.
- Don’t overstuff a backpack; it should weigh no more than 10 to 20 percent of your
child’s body weight. (For example, a child that weighs 60 pounds should carry a backpack no heavier than 12 pounds.)
- Ask your children to use both straps when wearing their backpack to evenly distribute the weight on their shoulders.
Preventing playground-related injuries
- Encourage your child to use playgrounds with a soft surface. Avoid playgrounds with concrete surfaces, as they are too hard if your child falls.
- Children under the age of four should use climbing equipment with assistance and
adult supervision, and watch older children when they’re climbing, especially on