School Zone Safety |

School Zone Safety

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As children head back to school, parents need to remind their children of the importance of safety around school zones as they travel to and from school, whether they will be riding the bus, biking, walking to school or a combination.The start and end of each school day are the busiest times around school zones. Each family needs to discuss school zone safety with their children. Here are a few safety suggestions for parents.

Children attending kindergarten through third grade should be assisted by their parents to school. Do not allow them to cross the street alone. Cross streets at corners only, using traffic signals and crosswalks when available. Look for traffic before crossing the street. Wear reflective material: It makes you more visible to street traffic. Prohibit children from playing around or pushing friends while waiting to cross.

Always be on time to catch the bus. Never run to or from a bus. Wait at the designated stop in a safe place well away from the street. Make sure the bus driver can see you as they stop to pick you up. If something falls under or near the school bus, tell the driver. Never try to pick it up. Always use the handrail to enter and exit the bus. Once seated inside the bus, keep body and arms inside and do not throw anything outside the windows. Always follow the driver’s instructions and be familiar with rules for emergencies.

Remember to make sure the bike is in good working condition, and always wear a helmet. A bike helmet can reduce injuries up to 85 percent. Make sure the helmet is bright colored and fits properly. Always ride on the right side of the road and obey all other traffic rules. When crossing the street, watch out for oncoming traffic and walk the bike across the crosswalk.Practice these safety suggestions with children and make this school year a safe one.Sabrina Harris is transportation manager for the city of Glenwood Springs.

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