Parent Teacher Magazine Cabarrus County School Sept/Oct 2015 - Page 10

Transportation & School Bus Safety Parents and guardians: The greatest concern of Cabarrus County Schools is that your children will be safe when traveling to and from school. The following guidelines have been developed by Cabarrus County Schools to help ensure the safety of all students. SAFETY GUIDELINES n Secure all loose or hand carried items by placing them in book bags or school bags. Make sure any drawstrings are secured or removed. n Objects such as band instruments, school projects, etc. which are too large to hold in a student’s lap pose a hazard to all bus occupants. Federal guidelines prohibit the transporting of these items on the school bus so please arrange to deliver these items to school via a parent/guardian vehicle. n Please escort young children to the bus stop. Older children and teens should walk in groups for safety. n Never speak to strangers at the bus stop and never get into a car with a stranger. Immediately report any suspicious persons or occurrences to parents/ guardians and/or school officials. n Students should not run and/or play while waiting for the bus and must always keep their hands to themselves. n Stand in the driveway/designated area, at least 10 feet away from the roadway while waiting for the bus. Stay off the roadway. n Respect the “Danger Zone”. This is 10 feet wide (5 giant steps) on all sides of the bus. n When crossing the street at a bus stop, make sure the b