School Safety

Back to school! Words parents love to hear; words kids hate to hear.

As the beginning of a school year approaches, the Santa Rosa Police Department would like to offer parents a few tips on getting your children to and from school safely.

Bicycle Safety Tips


If your child will be riding his or her bicycle to school, going over these simple tips will help ensure a safe arrival at school and a safe return home.
  • Always ride single file except to pass
  • Always stop for a red light or stop sign. Bicycle riders have to obey the same signs that cars do
  • Always use the proper hand signals when making a turn
  • Always wear a helmet. California law requires juveniles up to the age of 18 to wear a helmet when riding a bicycle
  • At busy street corners, get off and walk your bike across the street

Safe Walking Tips


Many children walk to school. In Santa Rosa, at most busy intersections near the school, crossing guards are available to assist your children in crossing the street. At crosswalks with signals, cross only on the proper "Walk" signal. This signal may be different at each intersection. Make sure your children know all the different symbols and what they stand for. Here are a few tips for kids to remember when crossing guards are not present.
  • Avoid crossing between parked cars
  • Before crossing, look in every direction
  • Cross at crosswalks. Keep to the right in the crosswalk
  • Watch for turning cars at intersections

Preventing Abduction


It's every parent's nightmare. Child abduction is a tragedy that devastates parents and touches all of us. These tips will help you keep your children safe if they are walking or biking to and from school without an adult.
  • Always come straight home from school unless you've made other arrangements.
  • Don't talk to strangers! It may seem obvious, but you can never stress this point enough to your children.
  • Establish a family code word. Tell your child never to go anywhere with anyone who does not know the code word.
  • Safety in numbers. Whenever possible, make sure your child travels with a group of children.
  • Tell your child not to accept rides from people with whom you haven't made prior arrangements, even if they say they are police officers, teachers, or friends of the family.