School Safety

Walking and Crossing Guard Maps 

Aerial Photograph Maps for Parking and Student Drop-off and Pick-Up

Safety for Drivers

  • Young people may not be thinking about getting to school safely. Watch for children walking or bicycling when you are:
    • backing out of a driveway
    • leaving a garage
    • driving in neighborhoods with school zones
  • Slow down. Watch for children walking in the street, especially if there are no sidewalks in neighborhood.
  • Slow down. Watch for children playing and congregating near bus stops.
  • Be alert. Children arriving late for the bus may dart into the street with out looking for traffic.
  • Learn and obey the school bus laws in Kansas.
    • School bus drivers use the "flashing signal light system" to alert motorists of pending actions:
      • Yellow flashing lights indicate the bus is preparing to stop to load or unload children. Motorists should slow down and prepare to stop their vehicles.
      • Red flashing lights and extended stop arms indicate the bus has stopped and children are getting on or off. Motorists must stop their cars and wait until the red lights stop flashing, the extended stop sign is withdrawn and the bus begins moving.

Safety for School Transportation
How will your child get to school? Will he take the bus, walk, ride his bike, or drive, or will you or a friend drive him? Each of these modes of transportation has their own safety risks that should be reviewed.

Is your child's route to school safe? Does he have to cross any major roadways? Is he always supervised or with a friend? Does he know what to do if a stranger approaches him on the way to school?

Taking the time to make sure your child has a safe route to school, knows how to cross the street and has a safe place to go if a stranger approaches him, will help to ensure that he gets to school safely.

Walking to School
Choose the safest route and walk it with your children. Look for the most direct route with the fewest street crossings. Try to choose routes where school safety patrols will be present. (Check with your school if you're not sure.) Children under age 10 should walk with an adult or older child every day because they do not have the necessary skills to judge the speed or distance of oncoming traffic. Also, their peripheral vision is 1/3 less than that of adults.

  • Teach children to obey all traffic signals and markings. Children should be taught the meaning of all traffic markers (for example, a flashing "walk" sign is not an automatic "go" signal.)
  • Make sure children look to the left, to the right and to the left again for moving vehicles before crossing the street.
  • Children should not enter the street from between parked cars or from behind bushes or shrubs.
  • Darting into the street accounts for 50 to 70 percent of pedestrian injuries among children ages 9 and under.
  • Because drivers have a more difficult time seeing pedestrians, warn children to be extra alert in bad weather.
  • Be a good role model. Children imitate their parents and model their behavior. Your children need you to tell them and show them how to be safe pedestrians.

School Bus Safety

Waiting for the Bus

  • Stay out of the street.

Bus Drivers' Blind Spot

Many injuries occur when children are boarding or exiting the bus because a blind spot extends approximately 10 feet in front of the bus.

This blind spot obstructs the view of the bus driver.

Children are not aware of this blind spot and may mistakenly believe that if they can see the bus, the bus driver can see them.

On and Off the Bus

  • Get to the bus stop at least five minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive.
  • Stand at least three giant steps (6 feet) away from the curb.
  • Line up away from the street.
  • Wait until the bus stops, the door opens and the driver says that it's okay before stepping onto the bus.
  • If you have to cross the street in front of the bus:
    • Walk on the sidewalk or along the side of the road to a point at least five giant steps (10 feet) ahead of the bus before you cross.
    • Be sure that the bus driver can see you and you can see the bus driver.
  • Use handrails on the bus to avoid falls.
  • Take care that clothing with drawstrings and book bags with straps don't get caught in the handrails or doors.
  • Never walk behind the bus.
  • Walk at least three giant steps away from the side of the bus.
  • If you drop something near the bus, tell the bus driver. Never try to pick it up because the driver may not be able to see you.
  • After getting off the bus children should, if walking in front of the bus, cross at least 10 feet in front of it.

Rules on the bus:

  • Remain seated at all times and keep aisles clear.
  • Don't throw objects.
  • Don't shout or distract the driver unnecessarily.
  • Keep your head and arms inside the bus at all times.