Good news, parents: The first day of school is just around the corner. The end of August in Chicago signals a return to a regular routine for most households. Now is a good time to teach young students and new drivers about staying safe around school buses. School bus safety requires informed students and cautious drivers, as we all share the road in getting to school and work.
If you have children who ride the bus, you’re likely planning for hurried mornings and rushing to get the kids out the door and to their bus stop on time. Did you know that Chicago Public Schools recommends students arrive at their bus stop 10 minutes ahead of their scheduled pick-up time?
Some more tips from CPS:
If you drive to work, you might add a few extra minutes onto your morning commute time as your neighborhood school bus route resumes. You are required by law to stop when a school bus is picking up or dropping off students. The Illinois State Board of Education offers clarity on the rules of the road:
Can’t wait for school to start? The best bet is to call your school and double check its schedule. Be ready for the first day.