Walk to School Day
Help Students get a foothold in the mad rush
With Pinellas County schools back in session, it's never too late to encourage kids to put their best foot forward to protect themselves as they walk to and from school.
Beyond the basic advice of "look both ways before you cross the street," parents should remind kids to cross in marked crosswalks or at intersections and to make eye contact with drivers of vehicles that are stopped to ensure that they are seen before crossing. If no sidewalk is available, pedestrians should face traffic when they walk.
It is important to note that school crossing guards are present across the Pinellas County school system to ensure children's well-being as they arrive at and leave school grounds. Parents should make sure that children understand what crossing guards do and how important it is to follow their instructions.
As part of the effort to promote pedestrian safety for schoolchildren, the Sheriff's Office will participate in the 11th annual "2010 Walk To School Day" Wednesday. Sheriff's school crossing guards and community policing deputies will join students, parents and teachers for the family-friendly event.
About 30 elementary schools in Pinellas County will participate in the event, which will begin before each school's designated start time. Interested families should check with their school for start times and meeting locations.
Once all participants have gathered, they will walk to school together. Participants are encouraged to use their established safety walk routes and to maintain safe practices as they walk.
Pinellas County Sheriff's Office