On Tuesday, August 22nd Boise Police Officers will be joining students as they board the school bus for the first day of school in the Boise School District. About 15 officers will be taking different buses and greeting students with a smile as they start a new year. Officers know that this is an exciting time and they want to make sure students feel safe and drivers are ready for increased activity in school zones. Boise Police officers will also be watching school zones closely over the next few weeks as everyone gets used to the back to school routine.
“Students and parents have a lot to think about on the first day of school. Between backpacks and lunches and bus stops, make sure you also take some time to think about safety,” said Boise Police Captain Paul Burch. “Our School Resource Officers are looking forward to another great year and are excited to kick it off in such a fun way.”
Who: Boise Police Chief William Bones and a School Resource Officer
What: Back to school tips for students, parents and drivers
Where: Adams Elementary School, 1725 E. Warm Springs Avenue, Boise
When: Officers will be available for interviews after 8:00 a.m. (Please call to schedule an interview)
**Media note: Students arriving on buses will be on a tight schedule to get to their classroom on time for the first day of school. The Boise School District is requesting media not interview students. It is okay to get video of them making their way from the school bus to the school.
Back to school tips for students
- Map out with your parents a safe way to walk to school or to the bus stop. Avoid crossing busy roads and intersections, if possible. Do a trial run with your parents so that you can discuss areas to avoid along the way, such as vacant lots, construction areas, and parks where there aren’t many people. Also, discuss safe places to go in case of an emergency along the route.
- Follow traffic signals and rules when walking or biking. Do not talk to strangers or people you “sort of know” and do not go anywhere with them without your parents’ permission. If you see a suspicious stranger hanging around or in your school, tell a trusted adult.
- Memorize your phone number and full address, including area code and zip code. Write down other important phone numbers such as your parents’ work and cell phone on a card to carry with you.
- Use the buddy system and walk/bike to school with friends.
Back to school tips for parents
- Talk to your children about their day. Ask your children if they see anyone bullied or if they are bullied. Look for warning signs such as a sudden drop in grades, loss of friends, or torn clothing.
- Keep an eye on your children’s internet use. Talk to your children about what sites they visit, who they email, and who they chat with. Encourage them to speak up if something makes them uncomfortable, or if they witness forms of cyber bullying such as threats or harassment.
Back to school tips for drivers
- Allow for extra time in your daily commute and prepare for additional foot/bike traffic in residential areas and especially around schools.
- The speed limit in school zones is 20 mph. School zones in Boise City are marked with flashing yellow lights when the slower speed limit is in effect. The fine for speeding in a Boise City School Zone is $141.50.
- Failing to yield to a pedestrian before crossing a crosswalk carries a $75 fine.
- Failing to stop for a school bus is a misdemeanor, with a fine between $100 and $500.
- If a school bus has its red lights flashing and/or the bus stop sign arm extended, traffic in both directions must stop if the road has three or less lanes. If it’s a four lane road, only traffic moving in the same direction as the school bus must stop.