A school liaison provides support for military families transitioning in and out of Fairchild and acts as the “middle man” between the base, military families and the local community. Fairchild is surrounded by 11 different school districts, all offering various resources, extracurricular activities and academics. (Courtesy Photo)

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Drivers - sideview of vehicle with two children walking holding hands in foreground

  • Don't block crosswalks
  • Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, and take extra care in school zones
  • Never pass a vehicle stopped for pedestrians
  • Never pass a bus, change lanes or make U-turns while driving in a school zone
  • Always stop for school buses loading or unloading children
  • All vehicles must stop if no physical divider is present
  • The area 10 feet around a school bus is the most dangerous for children; stop far enough back to allow them to safely enter and exit the bus

Walkers - young boys walking and smiling

  • Walk on the sidewalk; if there is no sidewalk and you must walk in the street, walk facing traffic
  • Before crossing the street, stop and look left, right and left again to see if cars are coming
  • Never dart out in front of a parked car
  • Parents: Practice walking to school with your child, crossing streets at crosswalks when available
  • Never walk while texting or talking on the phone
  • Do not walk while using headphones 

Bus Riders - children getting on school bus

  • Teach children the proper way to get on and off the bus
  • Arrive at the bus stop early
  • Line up 6 feet away from the curb as the bus approaches
  • If seat belts are available, buckle up
  • Wait for the bus to stop completely before standing
  • Do not cross in front of the bus if possible, or walk at least 10 feet ahead until you can see the other drivers 

Bike Riders - children riding bicycles with helmets and backpacks on

  • Always wear a helmet that is fitted and secured properly
  • Children need to know the rules of the road: Ride single file on the right side of the road, come to a complete stop before crossing the street and walk the bike across
  • Watch for opening car doors and other hazards
  • Use hand signals when turning
  • Wear bright-colored clothing 


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