Back to School Safety Tips

It's back-to-school time! Safety should be a priority for every family. Parents should take time now to talk to their children about safety before they head out for school whether walking, biking or riding the school bus.

Walking to School 

  • Walk on the sidewalk if one is available. 
  • If no sidewalk is available, walk facing traffic. 
  • Cross the street at corners using traffic signals and crosswalks. 
  • Look left, right, and left again as you cross the street and hold an adult's hand if you are less than 10-years-old.
  • Walk, don’t run, and don’t run out between parked cars. 

Riding a Bike to School 

  • Always wear a helmet when riding your bike. 
  • Make sure your helmet fits properly. 
  • Obey all traffic rules and signals; ride on the right side of the road. 

Riding the Bus to School 

  • When the bus arrives, stand at least three giant steps (6 feet) away from the curb. 
  • Respect the “Danger Zone”. Stay at least 10 feet away from the bus. 
  • Never walk behind the bus; make sure the driver can see you. 
  • Make sure drawstrings and other loose objects are secure before getting off the bus.