Homer Alaska - Letters

Story last updated at 4:13 PM on Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Student safety everyones concern

Dear Anchor Point and Homer Community:

In just a matter of days, yellow school buses filled with children will be heading back to school. With the new school year just around the corner, First Student would like to remind everyone to stay alert as more children will be out walking to their bus stops and schools, as well as riding the bus.

From school bus drivers and students, to motorists and parents, everyone in the community plays a crucial role in helping students get to school safely.

To stay safe on the way to school, students should always leave plenty of time to safely get to their bust stop. Children should walk on sidewalks where available and avoid listening to MP3 players, talking or texting on cell phones, or playing handheld games when walking to their bus stop and waiting for their bus. Students should avoid anything that obstructs their line of sight, including hooded shirts.

Also, if students have to cross the street to enter or exit their bus, they should always wait for the driver to signal that it is safe to cross.

Wherever there is a school bus, there are usually children around. Motorists need to always heed the school bus stop arm.

When the stop arm is activated and red lights are flashing, children are entering or exiting the bus and could be crossing the street. Motorists are required to stop until the area is clear and be alert for children.

Parents can encourage safety by reviewing school bus safety tips with their children. For tips and a video on us safety from First Student and the National Safety Council (NSC), visit www.nsc.org/back2school.

First Student is committed to delivering safe and reliable transportation to the students of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. The safety and security of the students we transport are our core values.

We are pleased to be working with the Anchor Point and Homer schools, and are looking forward to a safe and successful school year.

Vicki Quance, location manager

First Student Inc.