It’s time for adults, students to be alert

Published 12:00 am Saturday, August 7, 2010

Well, it is that time of year again. It is time for students around the parish to put away the toys of summer, slip into their backpacks and head off to school.

It is also the time when adults have to keep alert and watch out for all those young people who will be out on the streets, waiting for buses or walking to school. It’s time for adults to obey those flashing school zone signs and slow down.

It’s time for motorists to pay attention to the fleet of school buses, which means that cars have to stop in both directions when a bus stops to either pick up or unload students.

But students also have to be alert and aware going to and from school, especially while riding buses. Students should be aware of the traffic when they get off a bus and cross in front. They should forgo their MP3 players and handheld video games until they are safely across the street, or at home.

When riding the bus, students should follow some guidelines that will make their ride enjoyable and safe. Get to know the bus driver, and the bus number so you don’t get on the wrong bus. Be courteous with the bus driver. He or she is there not only to get you to school safely, but also to help out in case of any trouble.

Respect the bus driver and their job. They have to concentrate on driving and getting you to your destination safely. This means no yelling, no horseplay and no running in the aisles. This will distract the driver, and could result in an accident where students might be hurt.

We have a very good record when it comes to safety of our students. Let’s try and keep it that way. This means that both students, parents and motorists have to be aware and alert of their surroundings.

Let’s make this a happy, educational and safe school year.