It’s that time of the year again! Parents are getting lunches ready, kids are waking up early, and the buses are coming. It’s back to school time! At SSPTMS we are in the business of keeping families safe, so we’ve put together a list of our favorite safety tips to keep you and your students safe while navigating the roads this school year.

#1: Don't load or unload children across the street from the school.

#2: Don't block the crosswalk when stopped at a red light or waiting to make a turn, forcing pedestrians to go around you; this could put them in the path of moving traffic.

#3: Always stop for a school patrol officer or crossing guard holding up a stop sign.

#4: Never pass a bus from behind – or from either direction if you're on an undivided road – if it is stopped to load or unload children.

#5: Don't honk or rev your engine to scare a pedestrian, even if you have the right of way.

#6: If your child's school has a school safety patrol be on the lookout for them! They usually wear brightly colored belts and are helping kids get off buses, exit cars safely, and cross streets with the help of a traffic guard.

#7: Carpooling is an excellent way to keep travel cost low and reduce the number of cars in a school area, but be sure to remind all children/passengers to buckle up!

If you’re interested in even more tips for keeping the roads safe for during the school year be sure to check out a full list on the National Safety Council's website.