Traveling To and From School

Martha - posted on 07/17/2009 ( 1 mom has responded )

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Review the basic rules with your youngster:
School Bus

* If your child’s school bus has lap/shoulder seat belts, make sure your child uses one at all times when in the bus. If your child’s school bus does not have lap/shoulder belts, encourage the school to buy or lease buses with lap/shoulder belts.
* Wait for the bus to stop before approaching it from the curb.
* Do not move around on the bus.
* Check to see that no other traffic is coming before crossing.
* Make sure to always remain in clear view of the bus driver.

Car

* All passengers should wear a seat belt and/or an age- and size-appropriate car safety seat or booster seat.
* Your child should ride in a car safety seat with a harness as long as possible and then ride in a belt-positioning booster seat. Your child is ready for a booster seat when she has reached the top weight or height allowed for her seat, her shoulders are above the top harness slots, or her ears have reached the top of the seat.
* Your child should ride in a belt-positioning booster seat until the vehicle's seat belt fits properly (usually when the child reaches about 4' 9" in height and is between 8 to 12 years of age). This means the shoulder belt lies across the middle of the chest and shoulder, not the neck or throat; the lap belt is low and snug across the thighs, not the stomach; and the child is tall enough to sit against the vehicle seat back with her legs bent at the knees and feet hanging down.
* All children under 13 years of age should ride in the rear seat of vehicles. If you must drive more children than can fit in the rear seat (when carpooling, for example), move the front-seat passenger’s seat as far back as possible and have the child ride in a booster seat if the seat belts do not fit properly without it.
* Remember that many crashes occur while novice teen drivers are going to and from school. You should limit the number of teen passengers to prevent driver distraction; this is even required by law in many states. Do not allow your teen to drive while eating, drinking, or talking on a cell phone.

Bike

* Always wear a bicycle helmet, no matter how short or long the ride.
* Ride on the right, in the same direction as auto traffic.
* Use appropriate hand signals.
* Respect traffic lights and stop signs.
* Wear bright color clothing to increase visibility.
* Know the "rules of the road."

Walking to School

* Make sure your child's walk to a school is a safe route with well-trained adult crossing guards at every intersection.
* Be realistic about your child's pedestrian skills. Because small children are impulsive and less cautious around traffic, carefully consider whether or not your child is ready to walk to school without adult supervision.
* Bright colored clothing will make your child more visible to drivers.

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Jane - posted on 02/16/2013

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Walking - many children walk to school. Leamington School was the first school in Cambridge to have a walking school bus. This has died away in recent times as our school is in a low traffic area, and the closer they get to our school, the further they get from the hustle and bustle of town. As a result, many parents feel safe having their children walk to school given the number of other students they are able to walk with. Many parents walk to and from school with their child. We have road patrol wardens who assist the children across the road as they get near the school.

Biking - a growing number of children bike to school. We do not have a set age when children can bike to school. Rather, we respect parents’ rights to determine when they think their child is responsible enough to bike to school. Parents know how responsible their child is on a bike, the roads they have to cross, and the distance they have to travel. Many parents bike to school with their child. However, we would discourage children biking to school by themselves if they are Year 3 or younger. When parents feel their child is responsible enough to bike to school, we give them a bike license which outlines our expectations for riding their bikes to and from school. Children feel very proud to have their own bike license!

Car - a large number of parents either drop their child off at school, or pick them up. Parents can park in Lamb Street, by the polo grounds, Scott Street, or Noel Street. We ask parents to keep off our neighbours grass verges to avoid them getting muddy. Some parents park further down Scott Street away from the busyness of the school, and their child walks to meet them.

Bus - we have some children who come to and from school via bus. These children come from the Kaipaki or Roto - o - Rangi area. The bus stops outside the school office. To find out more about bus times, please contact Cambridge Travel Lines direct on 827 7363.

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