School starts Monday


Officials urge caution on roads, encourage parents to attend open houses

By Nicholas Elmes - nelmes@civitasmedia.com



School bus safety tips

Student

* Always arrive at the bus stop at least 5 minutes early.

* While the bus is approaching make sure to stand at least three giant steps away from the curb, wait until the bus has come to a complete stop, the door opens, and the bus driver says that it’s OK to board.

* Always walk on the sidewalk when preparing to cross the street near a bus. Make eye contact with the driver so that you are sure he or she sees you.

* Never walk behind the bus.

* If you are walking beside the bus, walk at least three giant steps away.

* Use the handrail when entering and exiting the bus. Take extra precautions to make sure that clothing with drawstrings and book bags do not get caught in the hand rail or door.

* Never stop to pick something up that you have dropped when a bus is stopped. Tell the bus driver or wait until the bus has driven off to avoid not being seen by the driver.

Motorists

* Remember that children are unpredictable in their actions. Take extreme caution when traveling in a school zone.

* If there are no sidewalks, drive cautiously. Be more alert to the possibility of children walking in the road.

* Slow down and prepare to stop whenever you see yellow school bus lights flashing.

* Never pass a school bus when there are flashing red lights and the stop arm is extended. This is a sign that children are getting on or off the bus. Motorists must wait until the red lights stop flashing, the stop arm is withdrawn, and the bus is moving before they can start driving again.

* Learn and obey the school bus laws in North Carolina.

Tips for students walking to school

* While walking, remember to always travel with a friend. Two heads are better than one, especially if there’s an emergency.

* A stranger is anyone you or your parents don’t know well.

* You or your friend must never take candy, money, medicine or anything else from a stranger.

* If a stranger in a car asks you questions, don’t get close to the car (you could get pulled in) – and never get in the car.

* Strangers can be very tricky – they can ask you to walk with them to “show” them something; they can offer to pay for your video game, or ask you to help them find a lost dog or cat. Don’t be fooled!

* Don’t tell anyone your name or address when you’re walking and don’t think that because someone knows your name that they know you – they may just be looking at your name printed on your lunch box, school bag or T-shirt.

* If you think you’re in any danger, yell, and run to the nearest store or “safe house” or back to school.

* Always tell your parents or teacher if a stranger has approached you.

Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Students will return to school in Stokes County on Aug. 24 and local officials are reminding drivers to be aware of school buses on the road.

“Children are often eager to get off the school bus because they are excited to tell their parents about all of the fun they had at school that day,” said Sheriff Marshall. “It is crucial that parents re-enforce the school bus safety rules children learn at school.”

He said that, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), an average of 134 people die in school transportation-related traffic crashes each year and more school-aged pedestrians have been killed during the hours of 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. than any other time of day.

Marshall added that students and drivers also needed to be careful when walking to school.

“Drivers should be cautious of children walking back and forth to school,” added the sheriff. “We can all learn from the safety tips and abide by them to make Stokes County safer for all.

“By taking the time to carefully prepare your child on how to handle these situations, you can insure your child’s safety whether they are on their way to school or home, playing on a playground or riding their bikes,” he said.

Schools are preparing for the first day back this week with open houses at all county schools on Thursday.

Stokes County Schools would like to encourage all of our students, parents and guardians to attend open house if possible,” said Schools Superintendent Ronnie Mendenhall. “The beginning of the school year is an exciting time for students and staff. Our students are able to meet other students and get acquainted with their new teachers. We feel confident that our school system has the best group of employees and students in the state. And as always, Stokes County Schools strongly believes in our motto, ‘Students First.’”

Chestnut Grove Middle School will have sixth grade orientation from 9 a.m.until 11 a.m., seventh grade open house from 5 p.m. until 6 p.m. and eighth grade open house from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Germanton Elementary School’s open house will be from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.

King Elementary School’s open house will be from 5:30p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

Lawsonville Elementary School’s open house will be from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m.

London Elementary School’s open house will be from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.

Meadowbrook AcademySchool’s open house will be from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.

Mount Olive Elementary School’s open house will be from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Nancy Reynolds Elementary School’s open house will be from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

North Stokes High School will hold freshmen orientation from 1 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. and have an open house from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.

Pine Hall Elementary School’s open house will be from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.

Piney Grove Middle School will have sixth grade orientation from 8 a.m. until noon and hold an open house from 5 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

Pinnacle Elementary School’s open house will be from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.

Poplar Springs Elementary School’s open house will be from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.

Sandy Ridge Elementary School’s open house will be from5 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Southeastern Middle School’s sixth grade orientation will be from 8 a.m. until noon and there will be an open house from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

South Stokes High High School will have a freshman orientation from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. , a freshman parent meting from 5:30 p.m. until 6 p.m. and an open house for grades 10-12 from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

Walnut Cove Elementary School’s open house will be from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.

West Stokes High School will have freshman orientation from 9 a.m. until noon and an open house from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Nicholas Elmes may be reached at 336-591-8191 or on Twitter @NicholasElmes.

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Officials urge caution on roads, encourage parents to attend open houses

By Nicholas Elmes

nelmes@civitasmedia.com

School bus safety tips

Student

* Always arrive at the bus stop at least 5 minutes early.

* While the bus is approaching make sure to stand at least three giant steps away from the curb, wait until the bus has come to a complete stop, the door opens, and the bus driver says that it’s OK to board.

* Always walk on the sidewalk when preparing to cross the street near a bus. Make eye contact with the driver so that you are sure he or she sees you.

* Never walk behind the bus.

* If you are walking beside the bus, walk at least three giant steps away.

* Use the handrail when entering and exiting the bus. Take extra precautions to make sure that clothing with drawstrings and book bags do not get caught in the hand rail or door.

* Never stop to pick something up that you have dropped when a bus is stopped. Tell the bus driver or wait until the bus has driven off to avoid not being seen by the driver.

Motorists

* Remember that children are unpredictable in their actions. Take extreme caution when traveling in a school zone.

* If there are no sidewalks, drive cautiously. Be more alert to the possibility of children walking in the road.

* Slow down and prepare to stop whenever you see yellow school bus lights flashing.

* Never pass a school bus when there are flashing red lights and the stop arm is extended. This is a sign that children are getting on or off the bus. Motorists must wait until the red lights stop flashing, the stop arm is withdrawn, and the bus is moving before they can start driving again.

* Learn and obey the school bus laws in North Carolina.

Tips for students walking to school

* While walking, remember to always travel with a friend. Two heads are better than one, especially if there’s an emergency.

* A stranger is anyone you or your parents don’t know well.

* You or your friend must never take candy, money, medicine or anything else from a stranger.

* If a stranger in a car asks you questions, don’t get close to the car (you could get pulled in) – and never get in the car.

* Strangers can be very tricky – they can ask you to walk with them to “show” them something; they can offer to pay for your video game, or ask you to help them find a lost dog or cat. Don’t be fooled!

* Don’t tell anyone your name or address when you’re walking and don’t think that because someone knows your name that they know you – they may just be looking at your name printed on your lunch box, school bag or T-shirt.

* If you think you’re in any danger, yell, and run to the nearest store or “safe house” or back to school.

* Always tell your parents or teacher if a stranger has approached you.

Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

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