JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Safety has been a top priority for the reopening of schools. A critical focus has been on safety inside the classroom, but it’s just as important to remember safety outside of it. For the first time in months, kids will be back out at bus stops and some kids will be walking or riding their bike to school.
There are more cars out on the road and school safety zone restrictions are in effect again for the first time in months.
According to the National Safety Council pedestrians should follow the following safety rules near school zones:
- Walkers should stay on a sidewalk
- If there is no sidewalk, walk facing the traffic.
- Look both ways before crossing the street and make eye contact with drivers when crossing
- Avoid distracted driving
Drivers going through school zones need to slow down. Also remember school zones are hands-free. The law went into effect last year. If you’re caught in a school zone with a phone in your hand, you’ll have to pay a $60 fine and have three points deducted from your license.
School buses are under new precautions too due to the coronavirus pandemic. The following rules are in place for students riding the bus in the Duval County School District.
- Students have to wear a mask or face covering on the buses.
- If students do not have a face mask, they will be available on the buses.
- Students will load the bus from the back to the front.
According to the district, siblings or kids who share a house can sit together, but only if there are too many students to sit one to a seat. Students will have to use school-provided hand sanitizer when they get on and off of the bus. Commonly touched areas like seatbelts are supposed to be cleaned between each trip.
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