As the school year begins, we want to ensure that all students are safe and secure. Below are some tips to consider:

Parents

  • When dropping your children off at school, be aware of school rules regarding student drop off.  Make attempts to keep personal vehicles out of the bus drop off and pick up lanes.
  • Encourage your student to cross the street utilizing the cross walks at all times and remind them not to run across the street in the middle of the block.
  • With younger children, walk the school route with them and show them the safe places in the event of an emergency.
  • Identify bus stop locations and enforce and review all bus rules with your student.

Students

  • Walk on the sidewalk and use bike paths when riding a bike to school. Wear a bike helmet and obey all of the rules of the road.
  • Always ride your bike with the flow of traffic and remember that if you are coming to school early or leaving school late, you may need a bike light on the bicycle.
  • Always wear light colored clothing and do not wear headphones or other electronic devices that will distract you from traffic and dangerous situations.
  • Beware of your surroundings and if you see anything suspicious get a good description of the person or vehicle and report it to an adult immediately.
  • Never approach a suspicious vehicle.
  • If you see something - say something.  And remember if you are afraid to contact the police, you can always call Silent Observer to report a crime.

Motorists

  • Be very careful when driving in a school zone or near a school.
  • Remember that school is open and lots of students will not be paying attention when crossing the street.
  • Stop for all flashing red lights on school busses and make it a practice to just be careful around school buses.
  • Pay attention to school crossing guards that assist our students in crossing the street.
  • Remember the speed limit in school zones and make it a practice to slow down by another five miles per hour.

The opening of the school year is an exciting time for students of all ages. Safety is our number one priority and as we begin the school year, we want you to be aware of the thousands of students who will be moving around our city.