Back-To-School Safety Tips For On-Site Students, Class Errands

If your child is going back to school in a few weeks, you’re going to need to navigate school zones once again teeming with activity. And, even if remote learning is the plan, there is plenty of school-related activity as classes begin.

Back to school means the return of safety zones, busses, crossing guards, and morning gridlock. In other words, expect activity around campus and drive accordingly.

For drivers, that means areas around schools will be teeming with children departing busses and crossing intersections every morning and afternoon.

“The best way for parents and caregivers to educate their children on road safety is to talk openly and plainly about it and set a good example,” said Rhonda Craft, director of the California Office of Traffic Safety.

Even if you aren’t driving children to school everyday, there may come a time when you need to swing by the campus for supplies or a function. Or, a crossing through a school zone might be part of getting to the office supplies store for equipment.

Here are some back-to-school safety tips for drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians, courtesy California’s OTS:

Taking the Bus
-Stay five giant steps away from the road and wait until the driver lets you know that it is safe to board.
-Respect the driver and minimize distracting behaviors.
-Keep your limbs and head in the vehicle at all times.
-When exiting the bus, look out for cars and immediately move out of the roadway.

Driving
-Be on high alert in school zones as children will dart into the street without looking.
-Don’t text, eat, or groom yourself while driving.
-Do not pass a stopped school bus that’s either collecting children or dropping them off.

Walking
-Stay on the sidewalk. If one doesn’t exist, walk facing traffic.
-Look both ways before crossing
-Always use a crosswalk if one is available, otherwise cross at an intersection.
-Obey traffic signals when crossing the street.

Biking or Skateboarding
-Get familiar with the safest route, its traffic signals, and signs.
-Always wear a properly fitted helmet.
-Stop and look both ways before crossing any street or intersection.