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Safety To and From School

Make each trip a safe one. Together we can keep our children safe as they travel to and from school.
 
If your child walks to school:
  • Discuss the safest route to and from school.
  • Teach children to stop at the curb or edge of the road before crossing the street.
  • Look and listen for traffic to the left, then to the right and then to the left again before crossing the street.
  • When crossing, children should walk, not run, and should keep scanning for turning vehicles while crossing. Always be aware of your surroundings.
  • Talk about why it is safer to cross at school crosswalks. The bold yellow-striped school crosswalks make crosswalks more visible to drivers and help make the intersection safer.
  • Never go between parked cars to cross the street.
 
If your child rides a bike to school:
  • Discuss the safest route to and from school.
  • Ensure your child wears a properly fitted bicycle helmet.
  • Teach children to stop for traffic lights and stop signs, and also to yield to pedestrians at crosswalks and on sidewalks.
  • Ride on the sidewalk when you can. If not, stay in the bike lane. When cycling with friends, ride in single file instead of riding next to one another and perhaps extending out into traffic.
  • Obey all traffic lights and signs. They are there for bicycles as well as automobiles.
  • Avoid all trick and double riding, such as a second child riding on the handlebars.
  • Ride in the same direction as traffic.
  • Instruct children to not wear earphones while riding. Listening to music muffles the traffic sounds that help them ride safely.
  • If objects need to be carried, they should be placed in a backpack or a basket, allowing both hands to remain on the handlebars at all times. The backpack should not be so heavy that it affects the balance of the rider.
  • Click here to see our Bike Safety Page.
 
If your child takes the bus:
  • Encourage children to leave home early enough to avoid running to catch the bus.
  • Teach children to wait for the bus on the sidewalk, not in the street.
  • Teach children to stay out of the bus driver’s blind spots, where they would be hidden from view and more vulnerable.
  • Tell your children to be sure they can see the bus driver’s face before beginning to cross, and to avoid walking behind the bus or close to its wheels or side.
  • The safest way for children to cross the street after getting off the bus is to walk at least 10 steps away from the bus (on the sidewalk) before crossing.
  • Explain to children that if they drop anything under or in front of the bus, they should tell the bus driver and not reach for it on their own.
  • Click here to see our Transportation Safety Page.
 
If you drive your children to school:
  • Follow the speed limit. Remember, the speed limit is 15 MPH in a school zone, and no passing is allowed.
  • Be alert for children in the school zone even if the crossing guard is not present.
  • Reduce traffic congestion and keep children visible. Do not double-park, stop in crosswalks, or interfere with school buses in the bus loading area of a school.
 
 
Safety Tools on the Streets

 
 
School Crosswalk

School Crosswalks
Bold yellow crosswalks installed in school zones where school children are directed to cross. This area is staffed with a school crossing guard during arrival and dismissal. The bold yellow paint makes the crosswalk more visible to drivers.  School crosswalks have advanced warning signs 
located in areas around schools where children are directed to walk and cross streets. The bright yellow signs warn drivers to proceed with caution.
Pedestrian Crosswalk

Regular pedestrian crosswalks
The area of the roadway bounded by parallel white lines, where pedestrians are directed to cross.  Regular pedestrian crosswalks have advance warning signs located in areas where there is a pedestrian crosswalk. The bright yellow signs warn drivers to proceed with caution.
 


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