Driving Children to School

If you drive your student to school, please abide by the following safety measures.

The following can help to ensure that children arrive at school safely:

  • Always drive slowly when entering a school zone. Pay close attention to all crosswalk areas. Watch for students crossing the street or in parking areas. Students entering crosswalks always have the right of way.
  • Students and adults should always wear their safety belts and utilize cell phone earpieces when talking and driving. It is the law in California. More importantly, it can save your child’s life or protect him or her from serious injury.
  • If your car is equipped with a passenger side air bag, any child under the age of 12 should ride in the back seat. While air bags can and do save lives, they can also be harmful to small children.
  • Children should be careful when exiting an automobile. Always let your child out on the sidewalk side of the school so that he or she does not have to cross the street to enter the school.
  • Make sure your child is alert when walking near or around other vehicles. Doors might be opened or “parked” cars might suddenly back up.
  • Arrange to pick up or drop off your child in a safe area, away from the congestion of cars and buses.
  • Do not block intersections, crosswalks, or areas designated as Bus Loading Zones.

Traffic Patrol Students

  • Please pay special attention to your school’s Traffic Patrol Students. Be patient and cooperate with their efforts to safely direct students safely across the street.
  • Parents who ignore Safety Patrol stop signs can be cited by the Modesto Police Department.

Parents can unintentionally cause problems by:

  • Double parking and blocking traffic;
  • Getting in the way of school buses;
  • Dropping children off in the middle of the street or on the side of the street opposite to the sidewalk of the school entrance; or
  • Failing to observe loading zones and parking regulations.