Student and School Safety
Keeping Our Students Safe:
"Violence is, sadly, a reality on thousands of K-12 campuses today in America." Violence can be found in different forms in our schools. We are, of course, very concerned with keeping our students safe and encouraging a learning environment where students can learn without fear. A recent article released by the Community for Accredited Online Schools discusses the various types of violence that can occur on campuses, including different types of bullying, potential causes for violence, and the effect it has on students.
Click here to read the full article.
Each year the Burlington Police Department, in partnership with the Burlington Fire Department, Alamance County EMS, and Alamance County Rescue, presents the Prom Promise programs. It is designed to raise student's awareness about the harmful effects of drinking and driving. The program has a mock car crash and examples of how drunk driving can hurt everyone, not just the driver.
School Bus Stop Law:
The Burlington Police Department is committed to protecting life and property within the City of Burlington by maintaining the safe movement of vehicles on City streets. The department seeks to accomplish this through education, enforcement, and by providing emergency assistance to motorists. In efforts to support our commitment to the community, the Burlington Police Department wishes to remind motorist that the 2019-20 traditional school year for Alamance -Burlington Schools has commenced.
The department is urging motorists not to drive distracted and to be mindful of school-aged youth near the roadways at bus stops or on sidewalks. Let's protect our students and slow down, leave earlier to avoid congested roadways, be respectful of other motorists, especially school buses.
Buses will be prevalent on roadways during the peak traffic times both before and after school; so know the law as it pertains to the passing of school buses. You can view this helpful School Bus Stop Law Diagram to better understand what to do when you see a stopped school bus.
- Do not pass a stopped school bus with the stop arm displayed and lit.
- Yield to pedestrians who are in a crosswalk. NC law requires it.
- Do not speed - ever! PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO SCHOOL ZONE SPEED LIMITS!
- If a vehicle is stopped, do not pass it. Expect that they may be stopped for pedestrians.
- Avoid distractions while driving such as putting on makeup, eating, or using electronic devices while operating a vehicle.
- If near a school, bus stop, or playground - slow down because it is likely pedestrians will be there. @(Model.BulletStyle == CivicPlus.Entities.Modules.Layout.Enums.BulletStyle.Decimal ? "ol" : "ul")>
- When crossing a street, make sure to look both ways. Do not cross until there are no cars coming. Never assume a car will stop for you. If you cannot see the road for a long way in both directions, pick another spot to cross.
- Do your best to use intersections with crosswalks.
- As you walk near a road, do not let your electronic device distract you. Pay attention to where you are walking.
- If there is a sidewalk - USE IT. If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic and stay as far off the road as you can.
- If you ride a bike - always wear a helmet.
- If you bike - you must obey the rules of the road - stop at lights and stop signs.
- If you bike and you must cross a street, walk your bike across at an intersection.
- Wear bright and/or reflective clothing.
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- Do not speed - ever. PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO SCHOOL ZONE SPEED LIMITS!
- Avoid distractions like playing your music loud or using electronic devices.
- Remember: cell phone use while driving is illegal for anyone under 18 years of age.
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- Walk with your child to school the first few days. You should ensure the way is safe. Take time to teach your child how to avoid or naivgate any problem areas.
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