Back To School Safety

by Tom Simplot

Jul 31, 2016

School buses have begun driving through our neighborhoods. It’s time to give drivers and students a review on getting to school safely.


Many apartment communities have designated school bus pick-up areas for students. Your child should be familiar with this location. Often, there will be a number of students waiting for the school bus. Parents should take time to review pick up and drop off times with their students, particularly younger ones. If your student walks or bikes to school, walk or ride the route with them so they know the neighborhood and how to get to and from school safely.


Students who ride bikes to school should take extra care while riding on roads with traffic and everyone should wear a helmet. Bikes can be an easy target for thieves. At school, students can use a strong lock to secure bikes. Apartment communities may have bike racks for residents, or students can take bikes into their homes if they are not able to secure them.


Drivers near school zones and bus stops need to pay careful attention to school buses and watch for students crossing the street. After a summer of driving without the flashing signs and bus stops, we all need to take extra care to follow the rules of the road and keep kids safe.


Many multifamily communities today offer common areas where students can study or do homework. If your child is planning to use these spaces, review the rules of these rooms so they understand how to respect other residents and enjoy these community spaces.


The start of school marks an exciting time to get back in the classroom with friends and new challenges. The extra steps of learning the road and the rules in your community will make the year more fun.