It’s that time of year again. The excitement is brewing. Who’s my teacher this year? Will I like him/her? Will any of my friends be in my class? We all remember the anticipation of that first day of school, the new clothes, the new supplies, and sharing our fun summer stories with our friends. We probably don’t remember reviewing safety rules, how to cross a street, etc, but these are all very important aspects of the back to school routine.
Bowling Green City Schools will begin their 2019-2020 school year today, August 21, 2019, and amidst all the excitement there are some important things to remember before we send our kids out the door and on their way.
How is your child getting to school? Will they walk, ride their bike, be dropped off, or ride the dreaded yellow school bus, which, unless you’re a kindergartner, is the least cool way to get to school. If your child is walking to school or to a bus stop, take the time to walk the route with them. Encourage your child to cross at intersections. Too many kids want to cross at driveways, or between parked cars, which makes it difficult for motorists to see them.
If you decide to drive your child to school, be sure to follow the rules your school has in place for drop-off and pick-up. These rules help to keep everyone safe, especially at the end of the day when kids and adults are everywhere. You will also need to be aware of the school zones at your school. Some schools have flashing yellow lights to help us remember to slow down to 20 mph, others, only a sign. If you are curious, the Bowling Green Elementary lights flash from 8:30 am to 9:30 am and then again from 3:15 – 4:00 pm. The middle school and high school campus lights are activated at 7:00 am and run through 9:00 am. The afternoon hours are 2:00 pm to 4:10 pm. If you are exiting a school parking lot be aware that you will not be able to see the lights and the 20 mph may be in effect. If you are in doubt, slow down.
What do you do when you see a yellow school bus? The flashing amber lights on a school bus are warning you that the bus is preparing to stop. Once the bus stops, the flashing red lights are activated and the STOP arm is extended. If you are on a road with less than four lanes, all lanes of travel must stop 10 feet from the bus. If the roadway has four or more lanes, only traffic traveling in the same direction of the bus must stop. All traffic may resume when the bus has deactivated all warning lights and is in motion again.
If we all follow these rules we can have a safe start to our new school year.