Back to School Safety

Tuesday, August 22, is the big day! School will be back in session, which means the return of school buses. Here is a safety refresher to prepare you for that first day of school.Photo of school bus stop sign arm

  • Drivers must stop at least 10 feet away from school buses that have their red lights flashing and stop arm extended.

  • Drivers must stop when they are behind a bus, meeting the bus, or approaching an intersection where a bus is stopped.

  • Motorists following or traveling alongside a school bus must also stop until the red lights have stopped flashing, the stop arm is withdrawn, and all children have reached safety.

  • If physical barriers such as grassy medians, guide rails, or concrete median barriers separate oncoming traffic from the bus, motorists in the opposing lanes may proceed without stopping.

  • Do not proceed until all the children have reached a place of safety.

  • Slow down. Be alert. Kids can often be unpredictable. They may take risks, ignore hazards, or fail to look both ways before crossing.
There are many Carlisle Area School District students who walk or bike to school every day, so drivers also need to be aware. Stop at crosswalks, give bicyclists at least four feet of space when passing, and slow down in school zones!

Here are some more safety tips from the National Safety Council to ensure a safe first day of school for everybody!
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