Parents are encouraged to have conversations with their children regarding safety when riding the bus, walking or biking to school.
When riding a bicycle to school or in their neighborhood, children should follow these safety rules:
- Choose a safe cycling route to school. Stay away from high traffic routes and fast-moving vehicles. Watch for other vehicles sharing the roadway.
- Wear a helmet every time you ride your bike. Wear bright, reflective clothing that will help others see you in the roadway or on the sidewalk.
- Always obey the same traffic laws as other vehicles do when traveling on a roadway. Travel with the flow of traffic when traveling on a roadway and always use the proper hand signals to indicate turns and stops.
- When riding through an intersection, look left, right, and left again and only continue through when it is safe to do so.
- When riding on the sidewalk, yield to pedestrian and always be careful when riding near other children.
- Don't ride a bicycle after dark unless it is equipped with an adequate lighting system that can be seen by other vehicles.
Each student must be aware of the area surrounding the school bus called the Danger Zone. The Danger Zone is the area extending ten feet in all directions from the school bus in which serious student injuries and deaths occur. When the student boards or leaves the school bus, he/she should cross only in front of the bus at the driver's signal.
Students should take 10 giant steps away from the bus. The school bus has a yellow crossing gate that extends away from the front of the bus and ino the bus driver's line of sight.
- Always look both ways before crossing the street.
- If you drop something near the bus DO NOT go after it. You should tell your bus driver immediately!
- Do not horseplay at the bus stop.
- Arrive at the bus stop at least 5 minutes prior to the scheduled pickup time.
- Never run after the bus.
- Once inside the bus, go directly to your seat and sit down.
- You may talk inside the bus, but remember to use your inside voice.
- At railroad crossings, you should be silent so the bus driver can listen for an oncoming train.
- Do not push or shove when getting on or off the bus.
- Always use the handrail.
There are some important lessons to teach your child about walking to school. You should work out the safest route and walk this route with your child both to and from school, pointing out things to watch for and showing him/her the correct way to cross each street. If your child is going anywhere after school other than home, make sure he/she informs a family member.
General Safety Tips
You should share the following general information or warnings with your child, along with any specific facts about the route:
- Never talk to strangers. Never accept rides from strangers. If someone you don't know offers you a ride, run away from him/her. Run to where there are other people. When you get to school, tell your teacher or principal. When you get home, tell your parents about what happened.
- If a stranger tries to grab you, fight against him/her and yell, "Help! This is not my daddy (mommy)!"
- Look for and obey the traffic lights. Cross the street only when the sign says walk. If there is not a "walk/don't walk" sign, then cross only on the green light.
- Watch out for cars making right turns on a red light.
- Always look both ways before crossing the street - look left, look right, look left again - then proceed carefully.
- Walk, don't run across the street. If you fall, you might not be able to get up in time.
- Always cross at the corner. Don't cross in the middle of the block or walk between parked cars.
- Wear bright, reflective clothing, especially during the darker winter months.
- Pay attention to traffic sights and sounds. Don't wear headphones or talk on a cell phone on the way to school.
- Stay alert at all times while walking. Accidents happen most often when we are not paying attention.
- Always follow the designated route to school. Stay out of alleys and stay away from any abandoned buildings.
With the arrival of winter weather, the transportation department would like to remind the community at-large of the importance of winter safety for students who ride the bus.
Parents, please discuss the following with your students:
- Dress appropriately for cold, icy weather.
- Allow extra time to get to your bus stop.
- Stand away from where the bus stops. Buses need extra room when there is ice and snow on the roadway.
- Use the handrails when boarding or exiting the bus to prevent slipping.
- Do not stand or play on snow piles at the bus stop.
- Do not throw snowballs at the bus or at anyone.
- Never try to retrieve an item that falls around or underneath the bus. Instead, always report such an incident to the bus driver.
- Never chase after the bus or attempt to grab the back bumper.