School Safety

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Tips for Walking or Biking to School

You and your child should become familiar with his or her route to school by walking or riding it together. Along the way, parents should point out hazards or problem areas.

Older siblings (4th, 5th, & 6th graders) should accompany their younger siblings to and from school. Students should travel in groups and join other students as they progress to and from school. Children in grades K-3 should not be allowed to cross a busy street alone.

Children mature at various rates. Parents should ensure their child is responsible enough to walk or ride to school. Some parents may decide to walk or ride with their child to and from school daily.

Teach your Child these Safety Tips:

  • Don't talk to strangers.
  • Don't walk alone; walk with a friend.
  • Cross only at cross walks or intersections.
  • Use traffic light pedestrian buttons when available.
  • Look both ways before crossing.
  • Stay on sidewalks or pathways when possible.
  • Walk on side of road against traffic if sidewalks do not exist.
  • Stop at stop signs.
  • When getting out of a vehicle walk in front of the vehicle to cross the street.
  • Don't run across streets or in between cars.
  • If your children need help, tell them to look for a Police car or a City of Richardson marked vehicle. They are radio-equipped and can get help quickly.

When Riding a Bike:

  • Learn basic hand signals.
  • Obey and know traffic signals and signs.
  • Stop at stop signs.
  • Lock your bike when not in use.

Parents Need to Know the Following:

  • Don't stop, stand, or park near crosswalks or bus loading zones.
  • Watch for children running into the street.
  • Know your child's route of travel to and from school.
  • Obey school zone speed limit signs. 
  • No U-Turns in school zones of crosswalks.
  • Use Student Loading Zones to drop off/pick up your child.