December 2022 - Tips for safe driving around schools

Parents and teens who drive to school and in the neighborhoods near school can play an important role in enhancing safety near schools by following safe driving practices. At arrival and dismissal times, drivers are often in a hurry and distracted which can lead to unsafe conditions for students and others walking, bicycling and driving in the area. These conditions can be exacerbated by inclement weather.

Here are some tips for a safer commute to and from school each day:

  • Slow down and obey all traffic laws and speed limits, both in school zones and in neighborhoods surrounding the school.

  • Comply with  school drop-off and pick-up procedures for the safety of all children accessing the school.

  • Avoid double parking or stopping on crosswalks to let children out of the car. Double parking will block visibility for other children and other motorists. Visibility is further reduced during the rain and fog seasons when condensation forms on car windows.

  • Avoid loading or unloading children at locations across the street from the school on Grand Ave. This forces youngsters to unnecessarily cross busy streets—often mid-block rather than at a crosswalk. We have had multiple students nearly get hit because of this. 

  • Prepare to stop for a school bus when overhead yellow lights are flashing. Drive with caution when you see yellow hazard warning lights are flashing on a moving or stopped bus.

  • Stop for a school bus with its red overhead lights flashing, regardless of the direction from which the driver is approaching. Drivers must not proceed until the school bus resumes motion and the red lights stop flashing, or until signaled by the school bus driver to proceed. Failing to stop for a school bus with its red lights activated is illegal and is a chargeable offense. 

  • Watch for children walking or bicycling (both on the road and the sidewalk) in areas near a school.

  • Watch for children playing and gathering near bus stops. Watch for children arriving late for the bus, who may dart into the street without looking for traffic.

  • Watch for children walking or biking to school when backing up (out of a driveway or leaving a garage).

With the increase in the student population along with the increase in population of the City of North Branch, Grand Ave. can become congested briefly before and after school. If you find yourself on Grand Ave. directly before or after school, please drive slowly and allow ample time for your arrival. Aggressive driving will not be tolerated on any city road or on campus. 

If you have questions, thoughts, or concerns please reach out at or 651-674-1513.