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Back to School Safety Tips

Post Date:08/12/2019

Many schools are back in session in the City of Rancho Cordova. RCPD offers these safety tips as students head back to school.

For Parents and Children

  • Walk and/or bike with your children along their school route to make sure it’s safe.
  • If you cannot walk or bike with your children, arrange for them to walk or bike with a friend. Two heads are better than one, especially if there's an emergency.
  • Always stick to the same route when traveling to and from school.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. If you think you are being followed, you can cross the street.
  • If you think you are in danger, yell "help" and run to the nearest store or return to school.
  • If a stranger in a car asks you questions, don't get close to the car (you could get pulled in) and never get in it.
  • Remember, a stranger is anyone you and your parents don't know or don’t know well.
  • Some adults can tell you what to do, such as a teacher or a police officer. But no adult can tell you what to do just because he or she is older than you. If you're ever in a situation that makes you feel uncomfortable in any way, you have the right to say NO, loud and clear.
  • Don't tell anyone your name and address when you are out walking. Just because someone knows your name, doesn’t mean that they know you; maybe he or she heard someone else call you by name.
  • Don’t wear clothing with your name on the outside. It tells strangers who you are.

For Drivers

  • When backing out of a driveway or leaving a garage, watch out for children walking or biking to school.
  • When driving in neighborhoods with school zones, watch out for children who are traveling to and from school.
  • Slow down. Watch for children walking in the street, especially if there are no sidewalks in the neighborhood.
  • Be alert. Watch for children playing and congregating near school zones and bus stops.
  • Learn and obey the “flashing signals” that school bus drivers use to alert drivers of actions:
    • Yellow flashing lights indicate the bus is preparing to stop to load or unload children. Motorists should slow down and prepare to stop their vehicles.
    • Red flashing lights and extended stop arms indicate the bus has stopped and children are getting on or off. Motorists must stop their cars and wait until the red lights stop flashing, the extended stop-arm is withdrawn, and the bus begins moving before they can start driving again.

By working together, we can continue to make Rancho Cordova a safe place for all!

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