Celebrate importance of walking to school year round on Winter Walk to School Day, Wednesday, February 4th. It may be chilly, but with the proper clothing and safety reminders winter walking can be a lot of FUN! Schools are encouraged to share this Safety Pledge with parents. (Pledge card link attached to this post).
Keeping our kids safe in and around school zones is EVERYONE’s concern. Every time a child is injured or killed by an unintentional injury, everyone suffers.
February is Winter Walk to School month. It is a reminder about ways to keep our children safe while they are arriving and leaving school. Please sign the attached Parent Safety Pledges. Keep one pledge at home and return the other to the school office to be displayed.
Please follow and adopt this simple set of rules to ensure the health and safety of our children:
Slow down- Following the speed limit reduces the chances of you being in a crash and improves the chances for survival if a crash does occur.If a pedestrian is struck by a car traveling at 40 mph, there is an 85 percent likelihood that the pedestrian will be killed. This percentage drops to 5 percent at 20 mph.
Be alert- What if that child darts out in front of me? What if that car stops short? Remember young children are not able to accurately determine the speed of an oncoming vehicle and may take risks crossing the street. Use the “what if” strategy to keep you alert.
Be patient-Allow more time for drop off in the morning, wait your turn in line if using the Hug and Go, never double park or drop your child off in an undesignated drop off zone.
Review and know your schools drop off and pick up procedures– At drop off, please drive all the way forward in the cut out, do not double park, parents should stay in car, allow students out on sidewalk side only, exit cut out immediately after ensuring the area is safe.
Yield to Pedestrians in crosswalks- This is the state law!
Stay off cell phones– Talking or Texting can wait.
Turn off your engine if you are parked for more than 30 seconds. An idling vehicle emits 20 times more pollution than one traveling at 30 miles per hour. Children are more sensitive to air pollution because they breathe 50 percent more air per pound of body weight than adults. Thirty seconds of idling uses more fuel than turning off the engine and restarting it.
Link to pledge card: 2015 SRTS District Safe Kids Zone