Getting to and from School Safely
All students, families, and drivers are encouraged to be aware of their surroundings and obey traffic signals and crossing guards as they travel to and from school.
When Walking to School or the Bus Stop
- Plan and practice a safe walking route. If possible, choose the most direct way with the fewest street crossings and intersections with traffic controls.
- Wear reflective clothing and bright colors.
- Walk with a friend or group of friends whenever possible.
- Stay on the walking route avoiding shortcuts or unplanned stops.
- Stop at the curb and look left, right, and left again before crossing.
- When crossing, walk, do not run, and keep an eye out for turning vehicles.
- Walk with a friend staying on the walking route approved by parents/guardians.
- If there is no sidewalk, stay as far away from the roadway as possible.
When Taking the Bus
More important information for bus riders is available in the Kent School District (KSD) Bus Rider Guidelines.
- Create a backup plan for getting to school if the bus is missed. Know who to contact if something unplanned happens.
- Arrive at the bus stop five minutes early.
- Stay out of the street and wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before approaching it.
- If you have to cross the road, walk in front of the bus and remember to:
- Look at the driver. You should always see the driver.
- Make sure the driver sees you.
- Wait for the driver to signal to you when it is safe to cross.
- To be sure it is safe, look left, right, and left again before crossing.
- Board the bus in a single-file line using handrails.
- Remain seated facing forward with your head, hands, and arms inside the bus at all times.
- Keep aisles clear by holding all personal items in your lap. Items that cannot be held on your lap will not be transported on the bus.
- Slow down and be alert to the actions of pedestrians and other drivers.
- Pay attention to and abide by the speed limit, which in school zones is 20 miles per hour.
- Be alert for children in school zones.
- Never pass a school bus or vehicle stopped for pedestrians.
- Drop off and pick up students as close to school as possible. Check with your school for specific guidelines.
- Reduce traffic congestion and keep children visible. Do not double-park, stop in crosswalks, or interfere with school buses in the bus loading area of a school.
- Know when to stop for school busses.