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.

Keeping Your Child Safe Online:

Think you know everything you need to know about your child? Some parents are surprised to learn what all their child has hidden on their cell phones and tablets. In this age of technology, parents need to exercise caution with how freely they allow their children to use their smartphones and the internet. It is a good idea to have a conversation with your child about the potential dangers they might encounter. And with the advent of technology, bullying has shifted to an online platform as well and has seemingly become more heinous. Sometimes changes in your child's behavior can be an indication they are being bullied online, such as turning off the computer or quickly switching screens, not wanting to go to school, statements like saying they have no friends, or they become withdrawn. The apps or sites that children use change often, but we have provided links below to some of the current ones as well as types of apps children might use to hide their online activity. To help your child, have open and honest conversations with them and let them know you are available to listen no matter what they may need to say. If you feel it is necessary for the safety of your child, parental controls can also be set up on their device or through your service provider.

Prom Promise:

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.

For all drivers:

  • 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.
  • 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.

For children who walk/bike to school:

  • 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.
  • Obey your crossing guards.

For Teen Drivers:

  • 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.
  • If you are a provisional license holder, you cannot have more than one passenger in your car at a time.

For parents with children who walk/bike to school:

  • 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.
  • Consider meeting with other patents and teaming your child up with other children and have them walk together.

Additional link(s):

Keeping our children safe is everyone's responsibility. Remember this - "It only takes a second of distraction to incur a lifetime of consequence." Please be safe. For more tips, check out the links below:

Contact Us:

Traffic Unit:


Sgt. Meadows


(336) 570-6509


(336) 229-3503

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