(Comal County, TX)— As summer draws to a close, back-to-school season is in full effect. Comal ISD officials are reminding parents and drivers to safely share the roads with school buses, pedestrians, and bicyclists, and provide children with the necessary knowledge to stay safe at school. CISD Transportation Director, Gus Rodriguez advises it’s important for all students to be made aware of safety rules when riding school buses. Rodriguez adds that, especially after summer break, it’s good to remind students of the bus safety rules for their protection. As parents, guardians, and members of the community, CISD asks that you do your part to keep children safe during the 2015-16 school year. Here are some notes for parents and drivers.
Get kids to the bus stop a few minutes early so they won't have to run across the road or rush to catch the bus.
Drivers – traveling in either direction – must stop when approaching a school bus that is stopped and operating a visual signal (either flashing red lights or a stop sign). As the driver, you may not proceed until one of the following occurs: the school bus resumes motion; you are clearly signaled by the bus driver to proceed; or the visual signal is no longer activated. If a road is divided only by a left-turning lane, drivers on both sides of the roadway must stop for school buses with alternating red flashing lights activated. However, if the lanes are separated by an intervening space or physical barrier, only motorists going in the same direction as the bus are required to stop.
School buses, by law, must stop at all railroad crossings; be prepared.
When driving in school zones, watch out for student pedestrians.
Slow down and watch for children congregating near bus stops.
Look for children who might dart into the street without looking for traffic. This is especially true at the beginning (and end) of the year.
Absolutely no mobile communication device usage in school zones.
Know and obey the laws concerning traffic and school buses in Texas.
Both school districts will have systems online to provide bus route information. New Braunfels ISD students begin school on Monday. Comal ISD students begin school on Tuesday.
FROM CISD –
Parents of Comal I.S.D. Students, please encourage your children to follow these school bus safety tips.
Waiting for the Bus:
•Arrive at the bus stop a few minutes early so you won't have to run across the road or rush to catch the bus.
•Stay away from the curb while waiting for the bus.
•Wait until the school bus has stopped all traffic before stepping out onto the road. Never run after the school bus if it has already left the bus stop.
•Don't push getting on or off the school bus. Be patient and wait your turn. Use the handrail, especially if the stairs are slick from rain.
•Many buses have a yellow bar that swings out from the front of the bus, but if not, remember to walk at least 10 feet in front of the bus when crossing so that the school bus driver can see you.
Riding the Bus:
•After getting onto the bus, find a seat quickly.
•Don't rough-house while riding the bus. Doing so can distract the bus driver and cause accidents.
•When the school bus is moving, always stay in your assigned seat. Never put your head, arms or hands out of the window.
•Don't play with the emergency exits, and don't block them with backpacks or bags. If there's an emergency, listen to the driver and follow instructions.
•Don't stand up to get off the bus until the bus has come to a complete stop.
Getting off the Bus:
•Use the handrail when getting off the bus.
•Walk at least 10 feet in front of the bus or in front of the yellow swing bar. Make sure the bus driver sees and signals you before you cross the road.
•If you drop something on the ground near the bus, don't go back for it. Wait until the bus has gone to retrieve it.