Staying Safe for the Upcoming School Year

Back To School

It’s almost that time…back to school. Time for new supplies, new clothes, new haircuts and new routines.

Here in Brookings, we have several schools, Hillcrest Elementary, Medary Elementary, Dakota Prairie Elementary, Camelot Intermediate, Mickelson Middle School, and Brookings High School- all of which children of all ages can drive, ride, or walk to every day. When the kids are back, we as drivers/parents/caretakers need to be ready too. Here are some helpful tips and safety reminders.

Walking or Riding to a New School

It’s always a good idea to walk/ride with your children the first couple of days to a new school so they know the way and feel comfortable and safe. Review the standard rules of crosswalks, stoplights, stop signs, etc. If they ride a bike, make sure they wear a helmet, and obey the rules of the road.

School Zones & Speed Limits

With all of the school zones in Brookings, always be on the lookout for signs and signals. Slow down and be on the lookout. Remember, just because you see the kids doesn’t mean the kids see you. And don’t forget about the school crossing guards! Children look to them as their safety guides, so please be respectful and obey their signals too.


“The wheels on the bus go ‘round and ‘round…”- you remember this tune! It’s a catchy tune, and perhaps a good one to remember to give them the room and time they need to get your kids to school safely. Always stop for school busses when they’re loading or unloading children.

After School Care

Maybe your children go home, or go to a daycare, or maybe they go to G.A.P. or maybe the Boys and Girls Club or Teen Center. Make sure they know what they’re supposed to do, and stick to it!

 Are you and your family new to the area or thinking of moving here? Brookings, Volga, Aurora, and other surrounding areas in Eastern South Dakota are perfect places to consider making your permanent residence. Not to mention, when you come home at the end of the day, you’re coming home to your home.

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