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RSA's "Back to School" Road Safety Packs

The ‘Back to School’ campaign and other Road Safety Authority Educational Initiatives

Teachers are encouraged to register online for the RSA ‘Back to School’ Pack for Primary Schools, which contains:

  • A high visibility vest for every child starting school in partnership with ESB Networks
  • ‘Going to School’ leaflets for junior infants entering education. This is a parent’s guide to getting children to school safely;
  • A ‘Safe Cross Code’ promotional pack including a CD of the song and a poster with the words of the ‘Safe Cross Code’ song and dance to be taught in the classroom;
  • The ‘Educational News’ newsletter;
  • ESB Networks safety information leaflet about a fun, exciting and educational way for pupils from Infants to 6th Class to discover the benefits of electricity, while learning to be safe around it

The RSA also has a number of other road safety resources for teachers and students which aims to promote and encourage road safety among children aged five and under.

At primary level, ‘Safe Cross Code’, ‘Street Smart’, ‘Be Safe’, ‘Let’s Go’, ‘Seatbelt Sheriff’ and ‘Hi Glo Silver’, teaches young road users how to use the roads safely.

At secondary level, there is the Junior Cycle resource entitled ‘Streetwise’ as well as ‘Your Road to Safety’ for Transition Year. The ‘Let’s Go’ CD, which is a road safety resource for principals and teachers, will be delivered to every secondary school over the coming weeks.

The RSA’s Nationwide Road Safety Education Service is available to visit schools to give a comprehensive road safety presentation to students which can be tailored to suit all class sizes, groups and ages.  We tackle a range of topics on road safety including road safety at school, pedestrian and cycle safety, urban and rural transport issues, learning to drive and killer behaviours.  This service is free of charge.

The RSA Shuttle, Rollover Simulator and ‘Street Smart’ will begin visiting schools nationwide at the start of the academic year. 

‘Back to School’ tips and advice from the RSA:

  • Research shows that children under 12 should be accompanied if walking or cycling to school as they don’t have the necessary skills or experience to manage traffic or cross the roads safely. So make sure your child is accompanied by a responsible adult until they’re old enough to go on their own.
  • If your child travels to school by bus or car, make sure they use the correct restraint at all times, for example, a child car seat, booster cushion or safety belt.
  • Show them the correct way to get on and off the bus, in particular, where they should stand to safely wait for its arrival and before crossing the road.
  • If your child walks or cycles to school, make sure they are wearing the proper safety and high visibility gear – a helmet and high vis if they cycle, and a high vis vest or armband if they walk. Make sure their bicycle has working lights, both front and rear, and a bell.
  • For older children who may walk or cycle to school, it is important that they learn how to share the road safely with other road-users, for example, how to use hand signals to indicate a manoeuvre and always obey the Rules of the Road.
  • Teach your child the ‘Safe Cross Code’ and make it a part of their ‘going to school’ routine.

Remember, the best person to teach your child how to use the roads safely is you. So set a good example and always demonstrate safe road use when using the roads.

Content Last Updated/Reviewed: 04/08/2016