Back To School

August is Back to School Safety Month, and it’s important for drivers to be aware of their surroundings. Whether on the road, in a school zone or sharing a residential street with a school bus, residents can benefit from these tips to keep themselves and their community safe. You can schedule and post these graphics to your residents on Neighbors.

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Share the Road!

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“August is back-to-school safety month and [Agency Name] would like to provide the residents of [City] with tips about sharing the road safely with school buses.

- Never pass a bus from behind if it’s stopped to load or unload children.
- If the yellow or red lights are flashing and the stop arm is extended, traffic must stop.
- The area 10 feet around a school bus is the most dangerous for children; stop far enough back to allow them space to safely enter and exit the bus.
- Be alert; children often are unpredictable, and they tend to ignore hazards and take risks.”

Source: National Safety Council


Seguridad en el Regreso a Clase

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Agosto es el mes de la seguridad en el regreso a clases y [Nombre de la agencia] quisiera brindarles a los residentes de [Ciudad] consejos para mantenerse seguros en las escuelas y más allá.

  • Reducir la velocidad y estar especialmente alerta en barrios y zonas escolares.
  • Tómese el tiempo adicional necesario para buscar los niños en los lugares marcado y señalados como seguros, como por ejemplo las intersecciones y las aceras.
  • Entrar y salir de las entradas de vehículos y callejones lenta y cuidadosamente.
  • Vigile a los niños en y cerca de la carretera por la mañana y después del horario escolar.
  • Reduzca las distracciones dentro de su automóvil para que pueda concentrarse en la carretera y su entorno.
  • Deje su teléfono y no hable ni envíe mensajes de texto mientras conduce.
  • Obedecer los límites de velocidad de la zona escolar y seguir el procedimiento de entrega de su escuela.

Source: National Safety Council


Back To School Safety

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Sample message:

“August is back-to-school safety month and [Agency Name] would like to provide the residents of [City] with tips about staying safe around schools and beyond.

- Slow down and be especially alert in neighborhoods and school zones.
- Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.
- Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
- Watch for children on and near the road in the morning and after school hours.
- Reduce any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
- Put down your phone and don’t talk or text while driving.
- Obey school zone speed limits and follow your school's drop-off procedure.”

Source: National Safety Council


Cross Walking!

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Sample message:

“[Agency Name] is providing safety tips to [Community Name] about sharing the road with young pedestrians:

- Don't block the crosswalk when stopped at a red light or waiting to make a turn, forcing pedestrians to go around you; this could put them in the path of moving traffic.
- In a school zone when flashers are blinking, stop and yield to pedestrians crossing the crosswalk or intersection.
- Always stop for a school patrol officer or crossing guard holding up a stop sign.
- Take extra care to look out for children in school zones, near playgrounds and parks, and in all residential areas.
- Don't honk or rev your engine to scare a pedestrian, even if you have the right of way.
- Never pass a vehicle stopped for pedestrians.“

Source: National Safety Council


Rules of the Road Reminders

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Sample message:

"This is a friendly reminder from {Agency Name] to teach kids about the rules of the road for all bike riders. It’s very important for children to know these safety guidelines so they can get to school safely. Always make sure they are wearing a proper fitting helmet and bright clothing, looking before crossing, staying alert and avoiding distraction while riding."

Source: National Safety Council


Be Safe. Be Smart

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"[Agency Name] recommends following all driving guidelines around school areas and slowing down at all school zones.
It’s important to remind children to look twice before crossing and remind family and friends to stop when a bus extends their Stop sign for loading and unloading children."

Source: Air Combat Command


Load or Unload Stops

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"It doesn’t matter what side you are on. If you see the bus is flashing yellow, they’re going to stop and give a signal to slow down. As soon as the lights start flashing red, you must come to a complete stop whether you are behind or on the other side of the roadway."

Source: Department of Transportation


 

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