The first day of classes for Dublin City Schools is Wednesday, August 14, 2019. With school starting, the Dublin Police Department asks that parents and students alike remember a few things to make the excitement of a new school year as safe as possible.
Drive with Care
Please remember to drive with extra care during school hours, especially when students are arriving or leaving school grounds. In Ohio, the speed limit in marked school zones is 20 mph “during school recess and while children are going to or leaving school.” Be especially aware of not driving while distracted by mobile devices, GPS, reading material, or anything else that takes your mind or your hands off the wheel.
Crosswalk safety is of utmost importance for school-aged children. Parents please encourage your child to act responsibly when walking to school and crossing the road. To make sure they are crossing the street safely, here are some tips:
- Wait for any available signals to indicate you can cross and look both ways before entering the street.
- When crossing an intersection or street, it’s important that you’re able to hear any oncoming cars or hazards. You need to stop, look, and listen for any dangers before crossing.
- Stand back a few feet from the edge to prevent you from falling or tripping into the street.
- Don’t try to stop or direct traffic in order to cross. Wait for an adequate opening in cars, and then cross.
- Bright sunlight, fog, and rain can all impede a driver’s vision and make it difficult for them to see you. Make sure the vehicle is completely stopped and that the driver is aware of your presence before crossing the road.
- Keep looking both ways as you cross the road to ensure there are no oncoming vehicles.
School buses are the safest way for students to travel, but children also need to do their part to stay alert and be aware of their surroundings. Teach your child to follow these practices to make school bus transportation safer.
Getting on the Bus
When waiting for the bus, stay away from traffic and avoid roughhousing or other behavior that can lead to carelessness
- Do not stray onto the street, alleys or private property
- Line up away from the street or road as the bus approaches
- Wait until the bus has stopped and the door opens before approaching the bus
- Use the handrail when boarding
Getting Off the Bus
- Use the handrail when exiting
- If you have to cross in front of the bus, first walk at least 10 feet ahead until you can see the driver
- Make sure the driver can see you
- Wait for a signal from the driver before crossing
- When the driver signals, look left, right, then left again. Walk across the road and keep an eye out for sudden traffic changes
- If your vision is blocked, move to an area where you can see other drivers and they can see you
- Do not cross the center line of the road until the driver signals it is safe
- Stay away from the rear wheels of the bus at all times
Motor Vehicle Thefts
All students and staff in our schools can help to prevent thefts by taking a few simple precautions:
- Don’t leave items of value in plain view in your cars on school grounds.
- Lock your lockers to prevent easy access to valuables.
- Don’t leave valuables, backpacks, or purses laying around in locker rooms, class rooms, or hallways where they may be an inviting target for thieves.
Social Host Laws
Parents and students should know that, as significant school events approach (proms, athletic events, etc.) the Police Department usually receives an increase in complaints about underage drinking, specifically, parties with underage drinking. We ask that parents and students take note of the these facts:
- According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, alcohol continues to be the drug of choice for our country’s youth. Each year approximately 5,000 young people under the age of 21 die as a result of underage drinking; this includes about 1,900 deaths from motor vehicle crashes as well as hundreds of others from accidental falls and drownings.
- Parents and students should remember that Dublin’s Social Host law allows police to prosecute adults or underage youth who “negligently” allow the possession or consumption of alcohol by underage people on their property. This law also applies to parties that occur outside the home, such as in hotel rooms or banquet halls, and could apply even if you are not present during the party. The maximum penalty for a violation of the social host law is six months jail time and a $1,000 fine.
As always, the Dublin Police Department Community Education Unit has officers assigned to our middle schools and three high schools in the Dublin City School District. Our officers are in the schools as a resource to the students and staff to help maintain the safest possible environment for our young citizens to learn and grow. You can get to know them by clicking here.
The first weeks of school should provide lots of excitement for students, and perhaps a little relief for parents. The Dublin Police Department would like this school year to be safe and productive for everyone in our community.
Remember: Call 9-1-1 immediately to stop a crime, report a fire or save a life. To report a crime that has already occurred, suspicious activity or any other non-emergency situation, please contact the Dublin Police at 614.889.1112.