School Zone

When Walking to School

  • Cross the street at a corner or crosswalk only. Do not cross mid-block!
  • Look in all directions when crossing. (Left, right, left, front and back)
  • Obey all traffic signals, signs and street markings, such as crosswalks.
  • Obey the directions of Adult Crossing Guards and School Safety Patrols.
  • Parents: Choose the best route to school and walk it with your children.
  • Stay alert at all times - especially in bad weather.
  • Walk with a group, parent, or "buddy." Avoid walking alone.

When Riding a Bike to School

  • Also watch out for cars entering or leaving driveways.
  • Ask your parents to help you choose the best cycling route.
  • Children under 10 should ride on the sidewalk.
  • Cross streets at corners, and use crosswalks.
  • Obey all traffic signals, signs and street markings.
  • Ride with the traffic flow; do not ride facing traffic.
  • Wear a helmet at all times! It's the school policy and state law!
  • When crossing in a crosswalk, walk your bike across the street.
  • When riding in the street, ride on the right hand side of the street.
  • When riding on sidewalks, ride slow, and watch out for walkers.

When Riding in a Car to School

  • Children under 6 years or 60 pounds must ride in a booster seat.
  • Make sure children enter or exit the vehicle on the passenger side of the car, next to the sidewalk.
  • Obey all parking, walking and driving laws, they're for your safety and the safety of our children!
  • Park your car a block or two from the school, and walk the rest of the way to avoid congestion.
  • Riding in the back of a pick-up truck without a camper is against the law.
  • The safest place for children to ride is in the back seat.
  • Santa Rosa Police Department will be enforcing pedestrian and driving laws around schools this fall to improve safety for our children.
  • Wear your seat belt for the entire ride, even if it is just a short way to go.
  • Younger children (under 4 years or 40 pounds) must ride in a car seat.

When Riding in a School Bus

  • Follow the bus driver's instructions.
  • Keep your head, arms and hands inside the bus. Stay in your seat at all times and keep your things out of the walkway.
  • Stay out of the street, and don't play around the bus stop.
  • Wait for parents where the bus dropped you off; don't cross the street.
Children walking to school

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