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Back to School Safety: Walk, Bike & Drive Safely

Safety reminders as students return to school buildings

Eugene School District 4J is welcoming students back to school buildings in a hybrid model this spring, after a year of distance learning with few students on-site.

Thousands of students will be heading back to school over the next few weeks, getting to school by bus, car, bike, skateboard, or walking. Neighborhoods around schools will see a significant increase in pedestrian and vehicle traffic, some at different times than the school commute in normal years.

Motorists are reminded to slow down, watch out for children, and be cautious and aware as they travel near schools. Students walking and biking are reminded to travel carefully, follow the road rules, and watch out for cars.

Here are some reminders and tips to make the commute safer and smoother for everyone. Thank you for helping keep students safe!


  • Watch out for children near schools, parking lots, bus stops, sidewalks, and in the street.
  • Reacquaint yourself with local school zones, including signs showing when a school zone begins and ends.
  • Always obey the school zone speed limits. The speed limit in all school zones is 20 miles per hour.
  • Never change lanes or pass other vehicles while driving in a school zone.
  • Always stop for school buses that are loading or unloading students. When school bus safety lights are flashing, drivers approaching the bus in either direction must stop and remain stopped until the lights stop flashing.
  • Obey school traffic patrol monitors (crossing guards) and stop for students to cross the road — It’s the law.
  • Stay off of your phone. No texting and driving, ever!


  • Know your school rules about student drop-offs. Most schools have parent drop-off areas separate from the bus drop-off area, for student safety. Drop-off locations and procedures may be different this year due to COVID safety protocols.
  • Never use emergency vehicle lanes or spaces, or disabled parking unless authorized, to drop off or pick up students.
  • Talk with your children about traffic safety. Point out safe places to cross the street and identify areas of potential danger.
  • Know your bus stop locations and times, and review and reinforce school bus safety rules.


  • If you walk to school:
    • Use bike paths and sidewalks where available.
    • If there is no sidewalk or bike path, walk along the side of the road facing oncoming traffic.
    • Do not text, watch videos or play games on your device while walking, especially while wearing headphones. This distraction can lead to walking into traffic.
  • If you ride a bike, skateboard or scooter to school:
    • Always wear your helmet.
    • Use the bike path where available.
    • If there are no bike paths, ride with traffic.
    • Your bike must have a light on if you are riding after dark.
  • If you ride the bus to school:
    • Arrive at your stop early and stay out of the street while waiting for the bus.
    • Make sure the bus comes to a complete stop before trying to enter or exit.
    • Cross in front of the bus or as directed by the driver.
    • Watch out for cars even while the bus lights are flashing.
    • Follow all the safety rules while on the bus.
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