Today, Thursday, Aug. 20th, is the first day of school for Cushing

Public School students.  Here are some safety reminders for motorists

along with some school bus safety tips to go over with your children.

All of these items are not just good for today, but every day.


Today, Cushing Public Schools are set to begin another great school year. One of the top priorities of the police department is providing safe streets for all children on their way to and from school. We are asking citizens to partner with us to ensure safe school commutes throughout the community.
During the first week of school, Cushing police officers will conduct a high profile enforcement campaign throughout the day, aimed at combating speeders; aggressive drivers and motorists who pass stopped school buses. The enforcement campaign is part of an overall effort to raise the motoring public’s consciousness about the need for safe driving now that school will be back in session.
Chief Terry Brannon said, “Our department understands that the first day of school can be rather hectic. I want to encourage parents, students, and other motorists to remember to always share the road safely with other students and parents taking kids to school. Expect enforcement of traffic laws as part of our effort to keep our community’s children safe.”
Cushing police officers will specifically target the school zone in the 1500 – 2200 blocks E. Main Street, where the speed limit is 25 m.p.h., and the school zone in the 400 – 600 blocks S. Little Avenue, where the speed limit is 20 m.p.h. Driver’s are encouraged obey the speed limit.

As part of our commitment to a safe school year, the Cushing Police Department is providing parents and students with some helpful tips about walking to the school bus and school bus stop safety. Parents are encouraged to talk to their children about these safety tips to help ensure a safe school year.
On the way to the school bus, kids are reminded to:
    Be alert, avoid danger and arrive safely.
    Never get into the car with a stranger offering a ride.
    Walk with schoolmates whenever possible.
    Stay out of the street! Use sidewalks where available, or walk on the grass beside the street.
    If you must walk in the street, stay close to the edge of the pavement as possible, and walk facing traffic lights and signals.
    When crossing streets, cross only at corners, look both ways first, and use crosswalks where marked.
At the bus stop, kids are reminded to:
    Not push and shove at the bus stop because this can cause accidents.
    Remain on the curb and alert to danger.
    Don’t approach the bus until it has come to a complete stop.
    Be careful when approaching the school bus.
    If you cannot see the bus driver, the bus driver cannot see you.
    Always cross in front of the bus at the driver’s direction; never walk behind the bus.
    Enter and leave the bus single file.
    Step away from the bus after getting off.
    Always obey the school bus rules.