It’s that time of year when we send our children off to school every morning, but we still must be responsible for their safety. Whether they are riding a school bus, walking or driving, we must take special care to protect our kids.
School Bus Safety
- Wait for the bus to stop before approaching it from the curb.
- Do not move around on the bus.
- Check to see that no other traffic is coming before crossing the street.
- Make sure to always remain in clear view of the bus driver.
- Children should always board and exit the bus at locations that provide safe access to the bus or to
the school building.
Walking to School
- Make sure your child's walk to a school is a safe route with well-trained adult crossing guards at every
- Be realistic about your child's pedestrian skills. Because small children are impulsive and less
cautious around traffic, carefully consider whether or not your child is ready to walk to school without
- If your children are young or are walking to a new school, walk with them the first week or until you
are sure they know the route and can do it safely.
- Bright colored clothing will make your child more visible to drivers.
- In neighborhoods with higher levels of traffic, consider starting a “walking school bus,” in which an
adult accompanies a group of neighborhood children walking to school.
Before and After School Care
- During early and middle childhood, youngsters need supervision. A responsible adult should be
available to get them ready and off to school in the morning and watch over them after school until
you return home from work.
- Children approaching adolescence (11- and 12-year-olds) should not come home to an empty house
in the afternoon unless they show unusual maturity for their age.
- If you choose a commercial after-school program, inquire about the training of the staff. There should be a high staff-to-child ratio, and the rooms and the playground should be safe.
Tips for safe teen driving:
Keep Your Cell Phone Off.
Turn on Your Headlights in early morning traffic.
Obey the Speed Limit even if running late.
Minimize Distractions—don’t eat, drink, adjust raido or play loud music.
Drive Solo and if you must take other passengers, make sure all are secured in seat belts.
Practice Defensive Driving and stay at least one car length behind the car in front of you. Choose a Safe Car and make sure it is in good safe working order.
Have safe and successful school year!