Safety in School Zones for Back to School 2020

Thanks to COVID-19, the start of the 2020 school year may feel very different for previous years for students, their parents, and their teachers. Many are choosing to focus on at-home or online education rather than returning to their school, and the students who do return will experience many changes, including social distancing rules. However, there is one thing that stays the same year after year, no matter what is happening in the world around us—as kids begin to return to school, we need all need to do our part to keep school zones safe!

Slow Down

For kids returning to school, one of the biggest dangers is reckless and dangerous drivers. This is especially important in school zones, or streets or crosswalks near schools that see a high number of students crossing the street. School zones are often marked by signs or flashing lights, and some school zones may have a crossing guards who helps to slow down traffic so groups of students can safely cross the street. While measures like these are in place to make school zones safer, drivers still have a role to play.

No Texting

According to Florida Statutes, drivers must slow down when they encounter a school zone. Usually, they must slow down to 15 miles per hour within the school zone. While it might seem like an inconvenience for a driver who is a hurry to get to work to their destination, school zones last for a small stretch of road. Additionally, they are only in effect during times when there are high numbers of students on the roads, like when schools open and close for the day.

Along with slowing down in a school zone, drivers should also put way their phones. Of course, you should never be texting behind the wheel, but in a school zone, it’s especially important to pay attention to your surroundings. While school is in session, you should also be extra alert when driving near bus stops, in neighborhoods with lots of children, and in any other areas where they might be children headed to school.

Keeping Kids Safe

Thanks to COVID-19 changes, this school year could be a little more stressful than usual for parents, teachers, and students. Let’s all make it a little easier by helping students stay safe in school zones!


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