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Teach children about safety on way to and from school

By: Jack E. Martin, Acting Chief, DoDDS PACTMO

Date Posted: 2003-08-15

The Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS), Pacific Transportation Management Office (PACTMO) does everything within its power to ensure the safe transport of your children to and from school. In order to provide this service we choose the best possible drivers and equipment within accessible resources and incorporate the most comprehensive training available.

Although we make every effort to ensure the safety of students on the bus and at the bus stop there are situations that require your assistance and participation in order to ensure the safety of your children when walking to and from the bus stop. Sometimes, children can be exposed to a dangerous situation because of their own or others behavior.

For example, your child will not be safe if he or she runs in the street without looking for cars or if he or she plays in the street while waiting for the bus to arrive. In both situations your child is vulnerable and in danger of being hit by a passing motorist. Other situations such as reduced visibility caused by delivery trucks, landscaping equipment, construction vehicles or trash removal trucks, and the like may also endanger your child. In all these situations, it is essential that you review with your child your expectations regarding safety and behavior.

When walking to the bus stop or to school, please remind your child to follow a few basic safety tips:

Cross streets at the corner.
Use crosswalks whenever possible.
Obey traffic signals.
Look both ways before crossing the street by using the "Look left, right, left again" approach.
Stay on the sidewalk.
Here are a few safety tips for children at the bus stop:

Stay on the sidewalk and don't play in the street.
Stay back from the curb as the bus approaches.
Always cross the street in front of the bus.
When you get off the bus, move away from the bus.
With your assistance and cooperation this school year, together we can make every effort to ensure the safety of your children while they ride the bus and as they walk to and from the bus stop.

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