Improving safety around our schools

Keeping our kids safe as they get to and from school is everyone’s responsibility

As kids come to and from school it’s important for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists to be aware and take extra care during these busy times. Even a small reduction in speed could save a child’s life.

To help keep our kids safe, it’s important for drivers to:

  • slow down in school speed zones during school times
  • be extra cautious around schools
  • be aware that young children can be unpredictable and difficult to see.

Kids can stay safe by:

  • learning about road safety – resources include Kids on the Move and Bike Ed
  • practicing crossing the road with parents.

Active kids are healthy kids

Walking or riding to school is a great way for kids to keep active and get the recommended one hour of physical activity each day. Children who walk or cycle to school are more likely to be independent and are generally more physically active and healthy. 

Allowing children to get to places on their own can help them:

  • develop self  confidence
  • get to know their neighbourhoods
  • learn responsibility and independence
  • get the recommended one hour of physical activity per day.
When children are walking or riding to school, it’s extra important for drivers to be alert and take extra care.

School safety strategies

School councils can play their part by developing a Safe to School strategy. See examples of Safe to School strategies.

Primary school messages 

Use the following images in school newsletters and posters.

Secondary school messages

Use the following images for school newsletters and posters.

Brochures for parents and carers

See below for general and customisable road safety brochures to give to parents.

In the customisable version, schools can insert maps of their own surrounding areas.

Visit the Languages section to download the brochure in other languages.

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