Back to School | Get ready to ride, Tahoe Truckee students
Ryan Summerlin August 20, 2014
Visiting with friends while riding the bus to school is fun, but acting courteously and safely is important.
Drivers are usually the only adult on the bus and need to concentrate on their job: transporting students safely.
Every bus is equipped with a video camera. If your child experiences problems on the bus, contact the transportation department right away to resolve any issues at 530-550-0745, ext. 3901 (or ext. 3904 para Espanol).
Tahoe Truckee Unified School District’s transportation department electronic Zpass Program uses a bus pass card with radio frequency identification services that electronically tracks students.
All students riding the bus must have a bus pass in their possession and scan the pass when entering and exiting the bus. If you have any questions about where your child is, you can call the transportation department and they can track whether your child got on/off the bus.
Once students reach second grade, they are permitted to walk home from their bus stop without an adult accompanying them. Remind your child to go straight home from the bus stop. Warn them about “stranger danger,” and instill confidence rather than fear. Equip your child with knowledge and strategies they will need to protect themselves in dangerous situations. Keep your child’s age and maturity level in mind and base lessons upon that.
Children need to understand what you mean by “stranger.” Not all people unknown to them are necessarily dangerous. Your child should know there are more good people than “bad.” Examples of good strangers to turn to if your child feels they need immediate help may include police officers, security guards, teachers, parents with children, store clerks, etc.
Offer the following tips for your child’s safety:
Know your name, address and phone number.
Use the buddy system — if possible, avoid walking anywhere alone.
Trust your instincts — if you feel you are being followed or something is not right, seek help immediately.
If a stranger approaches you, you do not have to speak to him or her.
Never approach a stranger in a motor vehicle. Just keep walking.
Do not accept candy or any other items from a stranger. Never walk off with a stranger or get in their vehicle, no matter what he or she tells you.
If someone is following you, try to remember the license plate of his or her car and immediately tell a trusted adult.
If a stranger grabs you, do everything you can to stop him or her from pulling you away or dragging you into a car. Drop to the ground, kick, hit, bite and scream. Do whatever it takes to attract the attention of others who can help you. If someone is dragging you away, scream, “This is not my dad!” or “This is not my mom!”
GET YOUR BUS PASS
2013 school photo will be used for bus pass ID. New students and incoming kinders must submit a photo. Early bird discount runs through Aug. 31. Bus passes are available for purchase at www.ttusd.org/transportation and are on sale at the transportation office, 12485 Joerger Drive, Truckee every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. except for days staff is at site sales. Closed for lunch noon-1 p.m.
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