We’re in the midst of that week many students have dreaded all summer: it’s back to school week in Lexington County.

Maybe you plan to drive your children to school these first few days so you can walk them in and make sure they know exactly where to go. But when the trek to the bus stop becomes as much a part of your morning routine as eating breakfast, there are tips to help make sure your children’s trip to and from school is safe.

  • Have your children arrive at the bus stop at least five minutes before the bus is scheduled to pick them up.
  • Make sure your children know to stand on the sidewalk or on the grass while waiting for the bus.
  • Teach your children to make sure they can see the bus driver and the bus driver can see them before crossing in front of the bus. Tell them to never walk behind the bus.
  • Be aware that often bullying takes place on the school bus. Ask your children about their bus – who they sit with, who they talk to and what the other kids do. Let them know that if they see someone being bullied, or are bullied themselves, they can talk to you, the bus driver or another trusted adult.

All of us at the Sheriff’s Department hope you and your family have a great school year.