With the start of the new school year, more than 61,500 students have returned to school with COVID-19 mandated health and safety protocols in place. For now, most students will be attending school in a hybrid format with two days onsite and three days remotely via E-Learning.
Due to concerns and restrictions for busing and fewer students riding the bus, the Douglas County School District is encouraging students to walk, bike or bus to school whenever possible. This will cause less vehicle congestion and decrease the chance of accidents in and around school zones. Please remember – whether they walk, bike, skate, or drive to school, it takes everyone, including those driving in the vicinity of schools, to ensure they get there safely.
In an effort to promote safety in school zones, County Traffic Engineers, the Douglas County School District, and the Sheriff’s Office have worked together to ensure that students have safe routes to school and that those preferred routes are marked.
Students who walk, bike, or skate to school are asked to follow these simple steps:
- Choose a safe route to walk to school with less traffic and intersections, avoid crossing busy or high-speed streets, and limit the number of streets crossed.
- Look for traffic at every driveway and intersection. Be aware of drivers in parked cars that may be getting ready to move.
- Obey all traffic signs and signals and wait to walk across the street until no traffic is coming. Listen to crossing guards if present and walk-don’t run, bike or skate, across the street.
Colorado State laws establish the rights and responsibilities for both pedestrians and drivers within all of Colorado per C.R.S. 42-4-802.
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