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Ready, Set, Back to School

Last updated on November 12, 2019 at 01:15 pm

Get your kids to school and back safely and sanely.

Review these tips with them:

Running late? Remember the ball rule. Remember the rule about not running out into the street after a ball? (In case you forgot: don’t do this! Cars may not be able to stop in time and could hit you).

The same ball rule applies to buses. Never, ever dash out into the street to catch your bus. Get to your stop a few minutes early so you’re not in a rush. Wait for the bus — and surrounding traffic — to come to a full stop first before you make your move. The same rule applies to trains (if you take the T to school, for example) — and, dear parents, this applies to you too: wait for the trolley to come to a complete stop before crossing the tracks.

Wait for the lights. Look for your school bus’ flashing safety lights before you step off the curb and get on board:

  • Yellow flashing lights mean the bus is slowing and about to come to a full stop.
  • Red flashing lights and extended safety “arm” mean all traffic in front and back of the bus must stop completely before you cross the street.

And wait for the bus driver. Stand at least six feet away from the bus as it approaches your stop. Don’t try to board the bus until the doors are open and the driver gives you the go-ahead to hop on.

If you must cross the street in front of your school bus, stay at least 10 feet ahead of the bus on the sidewalk or on the side of the road. Otherwise, the driver may not see you — if you can’t see the driver, chances are they can’t see you either.

Walk between the lines. Stay on sidewalks and when it’s time to cross, follow the crosswalk — don’t jaywalk. Be sure to listen and follow the instructions of your school crossing guards.

Drivers: SLOW DOWN. Be on the lookout for children walking, riding their bikes or skateboarding to and from school, please! Their parents will thank you. Let’s encourage our children to be active and healthy outdoors by making it safe for them to walk and ride to school. Please do your part and slow the heck down.

“Where’s my bus?” app. Boston public school students can now visit to find out how much time they have to eat a quick breakfast before the bus rolls in. Enter your parent’s or guardian’s name, student number and student’s date of birth, and click “sign in” to see where your bus is.

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