SCHOOL SAFETY MESSAGE!!
Law enforcement will be on higher alert to ensure safe travels, so here are some safety tips to help get students to school and back home safely each day:
1. Always stop for school buses with flashing red signals. Allow sufficient time for students to clear the roadway before proceeding. This is especially important for divided highways like South St. Marys Street in St. Marys. The law requires vehicles to stop on both sides of the highway when a school bus is stopped and displaying flashing red signals.
2. Be sure to slow down when driving through school zones with a flashing signal. Fines for speeding in an active school zone are doubled.
3. School crossing guards are there to assist students across the street safely. Obey their signals.
4. Children can be unpredictable, so always use caution when you observe them.
5. Teach your children to cross the street only at a designated crosswalk.
6. For first time students, show your child the bus stop earlier and introduce him/her to the bus driver. Be sure that a parent or trusted adult that the child knows, meets them at the bus stop at the end of the day. This will help ease the stress of beginning school and provide your child with a positive school experience.
7. Report any violators to local police.
This safety message is brought to you by the Elk County Sheriff’s Office.