Getting Ready for Back-to-School 2012
Aug. 31, 2012
The 2012-2013 school year begins in Fairfax County on Tuesday, Sept. 4. To help households prepare for the upcoming school year, the county offers the following information and tips:
Safety Reminders from the Fairfax County Police Department
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, riding a bus to school is 13 times safer than riding in a passenger vehicle and 10 times safer than walking to school. The Fairfax County Police Department urges motorists to play it safe by remembering the following:
- It is illegal to pass a school bus that is stopped to load and unload children.
- When bus lights and stop signs are activated, vehicles must stop in both directions, unless they are separated from the bus by a median.
- The area of 10 feet around a bus is where children are in the most danger of being struck. Stop your car far enough from the bus to allow children the necessary space to enter and exit the bus.
- Be alert. Children are unpredictable. Children walking or biking may appear suddenly and quickly; pay attention at all times.
- Be patient. There will be additional vehicles on our roadways; some motorists may be learning new routes to schools and this may temporarily impact traffic flows on various roadways.
- Drivers should not block crosswalks. Allow pedestrians ample space to walk safely.
- Always stop when directed to do so by a police officer or crossing guard.
- Children may be difficult to see. Take extra care to look out for children near schools, neighborhoods, playgrounds and parks.
- Don't honk your horn or rev your engine to "scare" pedestrians.
After School Programs
- Consumer Affairs: Still Time for Back-to-School Savings
- Buy Into A Better Environment: Green Purchasing Tips
News and General Information
- Fact Sheets About Teens Based on the Youth Survey
- Video: Firefighters and Partners Provide Free School Haircuts
- Traffic Data Helps Explain "Back-to-School" Increase in Traffic Delays
- Fairfax County Public Schools website
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