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Safety Tips

Student safety is a top priority for West Valley School District. The following information is provided to parents as a guide for planning student transportation to and from school.

Walking and Bicycling Safety Tips
  • Plan ahead for how your child will get to and from school.
  • Identify a walking or bicycling route for your child:
    • Choose a route with the fewest busy roads and intersections
    • Select routes where there are sidewalks or paths separated from traffic, if possible; if there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic to be able to see cars coming and stay as far out of the roadway as possible; bicycles ride with traffic
    • Know where the school crossing guards are located, if applicable, and include these locations in your route planning
    • Do a trial run and practice the route to and from school several times before the first day of school, including how to safely cross streets
    • Teach your child to follow the traffic signs and signals related to pedestrians and bicycles; always walk your bike through intersections
    • Identify any safe houses or buildings (fire stations, etc.) along the route as well as places to avoid such as vacant lots, construction areas and parks without many people
  • Go over basic safety rules with children. Make sure your children memorize their full address and phone number. Write down your work and cell phone numbers on a card for your children to carry with them.
  • Encourage children to walk with a friend or sibling or even "walking school buses" to gather groups of students together to travel to and from school.
  • Children who ride bicycles to and from school should wear helmets that are properly fitted and secured; ride with traffic (not facing traffic).  
Bus Stop Safety Tips
  • Arrive at the bus stop five minutes early. Rushing often leads to carelessness.
  • Wear bright colors or put reflective tape on backpacks to increase visibility.
  • Take five giant steps back from the curb, which is in the driver's line of vision.
  • Pack all belongings in appropriate bags so hands are free to grab the safety rail inside the bus.
  • Make sure clothes and backpacks don't have hanging straps or strings that may become snagged in the vehicle.
  • Avoid pushing or roughhousing while waiting or boarding.
  • Wait until the bus stops completely before approaching the vehicle.
  • When exiting the bus, children should cross in front of the bus, never behind it.
  • When approaching and leaving the bus stop, be alert to traffic, looking left, right and left again before crossing the street.
School Bus Lanes & District Parking Lot Safety Tips
  • Never try to retrieve anything that drops near or under a bus; ask school staff or the driver for assistance.
  • Never walk between parked buses.
  • Never walk behind a bus; always cross in front.
  • Never run out from between parked cars.
  • Always use marked crossings in district parking lots.