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Back to School | Safety Tips

It's time for kids to head back to school! To help everyone prepare we want to encourage parents, students and drivers to review these safety reminders before the first day of school. 

students walking to school


Back to School Tips for Students:

  •  Map out with your parents a safe way to walk to school or to the bus stop. Avoid crossing busy roads, vacant lots, construction areas, and parks where there aren’t many people. Also, discuss safe places to go in case of an emergency.
  • Follow traffic signals and rules when walking or biking. 
  • Do not talk to strangers or people you “sort of know” and do not go anywhere with them without your parents’ permission.
  • Memorize your phone number and address. Write down other important phone numbers such as your parent’s work and cell phone on a card to carry with you.
  • Use the buddy system and walk/bike to school with friends.
  • Avoid wearing clothing with your name on it while walking to and from school.
  • If home alone before or after school, don’t open the door if someone rings the doorbell or knocks on the door or windows.  Don’t tell strangers or people you “sort of know” you’re by yourself before or after school.
  • If you are allowed to have a cell phone, make sure it has a full charge when going to school and make sure you save enough battery to get home.
parent riding bikes with children


Back to School Tips for Parents

  • Talk to your children about their day but ask them in a fun, unique way, each day.  Check in with your child about bullying.  Look for warning signs such as a sudden drop in grades, loss of friends, missing personal items or electronics, or torn clothing. 
  • Keep an eye on your children’s internet use. Talk to your children about what sites they visit, who they email, and who they chat with. Encourage them to speak up if something makes them uncomfortable, or if they witness forms of cyber bullying such as threats or harassment.  Consider applications or services that block specific content you don’t want your child accessing while online. 
  • Pay attention to their social media content.  Many parents are surprised to find out their child has signed up for social media platforms, without permission. 
  • Give the school a list of approved adults that are permitted to pick up your child from school and make sure you're aware of their visitors policy.

Back to School Tips for Drivers

Drivers headed to schools or just driving by should also be aware of increase activity around schools. Flashing yellow lights mean slow down.  Boise Police officers will be watching school zones closely over the next few weeks as everyone gets used to the back to school routine.

Here are some other things to be aware of when driving through a school zone:

  • Allow for extra time in your daily commute and prepare for additional foot/bike traffic in residential areas and especially around schools.
  • The speed limit in school zones is 20 mph. School zones in Boise City are marked with flashing yellow lights when the slower speed limit is in effect. The fine for speeding in a Boise City School Zone is $141.50.
  • Failing to yield to a pedestrian before crossing a crosswalk carries a $75 fine.
  • Failing to stop for a school bus is a misdemeanor, with a fine between $100 and $500.
  • If a school bus has its red lights flashing and/or the bus stop sign arm extended, traffic in both directions must stop if the road has three or less lanes. If it’s a four lane road, only traffic moving in the same direction as the school bus must stop.

Students in the Boise School District return to class on Monday, August 20th.  Students in the West Ada School District return to school on Wednesday, August 22nd.  We hope everyone in the community has a smooth transition back into the school year. 

Published: August 16, 2018