Back to School Safety Tips

DROPPING KIDS OFF AT SCHOOL

  • Don’t double park
  • Don’t load or unload across the street from the school
  • Carpool to reduce the number of cars near school

SHARE THE ROAD WITH KIDS

  • Don’t block the crosswalk
  • Always stop for school patrol officer or crossing guard
  • Slow down
  • Take extra care to watch for children
  • Don’t honk horn to scare pedestrians
  • Never pass a vehicle stopped for pedestrians

SHARE THE ROAD WITH SCHOOL BUSES

  • Never pass a school bus from behind if it is stopped to load or unload children
  • If the yellow or red lights are flashing must in both directions
  • Stop at least 10 feet from the rear of a school bus
  • Be alert

ELECTRONIC DEVICES

  • Never text and drive
  • Never walk and text
  • Never cross the street while using an electronic device
  • Do not walk with headphones
  • When possible walk on sidewalks, if you must walk on the street walk facing traffic
  • Look left, then right, then left again
  • Cross only in crosswalks

TEEN DRIVERS

  • No electronic devices while driving
  • No extra passengers
  • No speeding
  • No alcohol
  • No driving or riding without a safety/seat belt BUCKLE UP

TIPS FOR RIDING THE BUS SAFELY

Getting on the bus:

  • When waiting for the bus stay away from traffic
  • Do not stray onto the street, alley, or private property
  • Line-up away from traffic
  • Wait until the bus has stopped and opened the door
  • Use the handrail when boarding

Behavior on the bus:

  • Wear seat belts if available
  • Don’t speak or make loud noises
  • Don’t put your hands, head, or arms out of the window
  • Keep the aisle ways clear of books, clothing, legs and feet.
  • Get all of your belongings together before you reach your bus stop
  • Wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before leaving your seat

Getting off the bus:

  • Use the handrail
  • Make sure the bus driver can see you
  • Wait for a signal from the bus driver before crossing in front of the bus
  • Look left, right, and left again before crossing the street

 

Tips Provided by the Washington County Sheriff's Office