Whether children walk, ride their bicycle or take the bus to school, it is vitally important that they – and the motorists around them – take proper safety precautions.

Walkers »

· Walk on the sidewalk; if there is no sidewalk and you must walk in the street, walk facing traffic

· Before crossing the street, stop and look left, right and left again to see if cars are coming

· Never dart out in front of a parked car

· Parents: Practice walking to school with your child, crossing streets at crosswalks when available

· Never walk while texting or talking on the phone

· Do not walk while using headphones

Bike Riders »

· Always wear a helmet that is fitted and secured properly

· Children need to know the rules of the road: Ride single file on the right side of the road, come to a complete stop before crossing the street and walk the bike across

· Watch for opening car doors and other hazards

· Use hand signals when turning

· Wear bright-colored clothing

Bus Riders »

· Teach children the proper way to get on and off the bus

· Line up 6 feet away from the curb as the bus approaches

· If seat belts are available, buckle up

· Wait for the bus to stop completely before standing

· Do not cross in front of the bus if possible, or walk at least 10 feet ahead until you can see the other drivers

Drivers, Share the Road »

· Don’t block crosswalks

· Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, and take extra care in school zones

· Never pass a vehicle stopped for pedestrians

· 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

https://www.nsc.org/home-safety/seasonal-safety/back-to-school