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School Bus Safety 2019

Posted on August 27, 2019 by admin


Friends and Neighbors,

In the next few days children in the Coventry, Columbia, Tolland, and Vernon communities will head back to school. With the influx of children walking, crossing the street, exiting their buses, it is extremely important that we obey all safety regulations in order to ensure that our children get to school and home safely.

Below are a few tips motorists should obey while traveling along our local streets:

  1. Watch for children traveling to school when driving through local neighborhoods with school zones. Drive SLOWLY.
  2. Watch for children walking in the street, especially if there are no sidewalks in the neighborhood. In addition, be on the lookout for children playing and gathering near school bus stops.
  3. State law prohibits vehicles from passing a school bus while its lights are flashing.
  4. Many busses are now equipped with cameras to record those individuals who fail to comply with this law. Always observe the no-passing law and expect the unexpected while traveling near school buses in school driveways.

Here are a few tips you can share with your children:

  1. Be waiting at your bus stop at least 5 minutes ahead of the scheduled pick up time.
  2. Wait approximately 10 feet back from the road.
  3. Try and wear clothing with colors that can easily be spotted by motorists.
  4. Always wait until the bus driver tells you to cross the street before you actually do. That way you can be sure that he/she has safely verified that no motorists are coming. If you drop something in the road leave it. If it is important, make sure the bus driver knows you are about to bend down and possibly disappear from his/her sight.
  5. If an important item ends up underneath the bus leave it alone. Do not retrieve it unless the bus driver gives you permission to do so. When it’s time to board the bus, do so quickly and safely.