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