Back to School Bus Safety

Know the laws and facts!

Welcome Back to School!

With the first day of school quickly approaching, we are excited to get students back on campus and in the classroom focused on their studies.

We also want to remind drivers on the road that we should all have heightened awareness to watch for children as they are walking and biking to school, and loading and unloading onto school busses. With extensive construction happening on Brodie Avenue, a major road to campus, specifically for Elementary School, we wanted to send out a friendly reminder to our drivers on the laws surrounding this precious cargo.

Watch for School Zones

A lot of drivers forget about school zones during the summer. We live in a very busy mountain town and traffic can be tough for all of us.

Pay special attention to school zones and make sure you are adhering to the speed limits posted. It's important that if the worst case scenario happens and a child runs into the street or through a parking lot, you are prepared to react. The speed limit on our district campus is 5 mph. Please slow down and stay aware!

Specifically during the beginning of the school year, we see increased law enforcement presence watching the roads closely to ensure student safety.

Know the Colorado School Bus Laws

  • You must stop your vehicle at least 20 feet before reaching a school bus that is stopped with its red lights flashing whether it is on your side of the road, the opposite side of the road, or at an intersection you are approaching.
  • You must remain stopped until the flashing red lights are no longer operating. Watch carefully for children near the school bus and children crossing the roadway before proceeding.
  • If you see a bus stopped in the Estes Valley, in almost all cases, you must stop regardless of your direction of travel.
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It is illegal to pass a school bus within the roadway as it drops off or picks up passengers—regardless of the direction of approach. The safest way for motorists to be prepared to stop when those flashing red and yellow lights go on is to slow down and maintain a safe distance when sharing the road with the school bus. Motorists risk children’s lives when they fail to stop for the school bus as it loads and unloads its passengers. Yet it’s estimated that over 10 million drivers illegally pass school buses every year.

Thank you!

We are grateful year-round for our parents, teachers, staff, students and community members for their dedication to the safety of our children. We hope everyone has a great start to the school year!