School soon to be back in session and time for drivers to watch for children<BR>
School will be starting up as early as July 29 at Mingus Springs Charter School in Chino Valley, then the Chino Valley Unified School District schools right behind them on Aug. 6.
Drivers on Chino Valley and Paulden streets need to remember that school children will be walking to school and to bus stops mornings and afternoons once school starts.
Adults must second-guess a child's moves along roadsides.
Children are not safety-conscious 100 percent of the time. Their minds are on a million other things – new teachers, new backpacks, new clothes and new friends, just to name a few.
Drivers must be poised, ready for a child to dart out into the road. A child could be chasing a ball, racing to be first in the bus line or running to greet a friend. They are NOT generally thinking about cars passing from both directions.
School buses have flashing lights to warn drivers of their stops to pick up and drop off children. Remember to stop for all bus lights. Drivers on Highway 89 must also stop for bus stops on the highway, as well!
Again, children are not looking for cars that may have missed the flashing lights. Adults in control of a ton of metal must be the responsible party when behind the wheel. Slow down around all schools and bus stops in case a child darts out.
You'll have a better chance of stopping if you've already slowed down.
Keep the streets of Chino Valley and Paulden safe this school year. The school buildings and buses are housing a precious commodity – our children. That must be why they paint most school buses yellow – as a visual reminder of its valuable contents and for people to be cautious around them.