In most places, teachers and children are back to school, and family life can get pretty hectic. It's important that we share these important tips from the National Safety Council to help keep our kids safe and healthy as they return to school.
Back to School Transportation Safety
Whether children walk, ride their bike, or take the bus to school, its so important to take proper safety precautions.
Walking to school
Family review time is now to go over safety rules and to practice walking to school with your child.
- Walk on the sidewalk, if available, and face traffic.
- Before you cross the street, stop and look left, look right, and look left again to watch for cars
- Make eye contact with drivers before crossing and only cross at crosswalks or intersections.
- Stay alert.
Riding a bike to school
Make sure your child is taught rules of the road and practice riding the bike route to school with your child.
- Ride on the right side of the road, with traffic, in a single file.
- Come to a complete stop before crossing the street, walk bikes across.
- Properly fitted helmets and bright clothing all the time.
- Stay alert.
Taking the bus to school
- Go to the bus stop with your child and teach them the proper way to get on and off the bus
- Teach your children to stand 6 feet (3 giant steps) away from the curb.
- Avoid crossing in front of the bus. If they must, teach your child to walk on the side of the road until they are 10 feet AHEAD of the bus, and to make eye contact with the bus driver before crossing. Always look both ways to insure no cars are coming down the street. The bus would normally have it's flashers on however teach them to have this extra layer of caution.
Driving your child to school
- Obey school zone speed limits and follow your school's drop-off procedure.
- Make eye contact with children who are crossing the street.
- Never pass a bus loading or unloading children.
- The area 10 feet around a school bus is the most dangerous for children, stop far enough back to allow them to safely enter and exit the bus.
You can download and share a Safety Checklist from the National Safety Council here. We hope everyone has a safe Back to School 2021!