TEANECK COMMUNITY CHARTER SCHOOL
Teaneck, New Jersey
Travel Safety Policy
The TCCS Board of Trustees is committed to ensuring the safety of all students, staff,
teachers and other community members as they travel to and from the school. The Board
believes that regular physical activity is an essential component for children’s wellness
and that walking and/or biking to school promotes a healthy lifestyle of physical activity
which, in turn, supports students’ ability to learn. Therefore, this policy has been
developed to detail the procedures that must be followed so that travel safety is a top
priority at the Teaneck Community Charter School.
Students who Walk to School
There are many students who will walk to the Chestnut Avenue Building who
have never walked to school before. In order to ensure their safety, parents are
encouraged to walk with ALL students on the first days of school to show students the
safest routes to cross major streets and to remind them of the appropriate way to cross all
streets and intersections. Establishing a standard route to and from school for walking
students is a good idea: parents should then always know the route their children take to
and from school.
The Board has worked with the Teaneck Police Department to establish crossing
guards are the busiest and most traveled intersections. However, crossing guards are only
one means of maximizing student safety: the highest levels of safety will be achieved
when students walk responsibly. Guards will be at Cedar Lane and Garrison Avenue
intersection and, at the Terhune Street and Chestnut Avenue intersection.
After the first few days of school, walking students will be expected to walk
directly to school from home in the morning and directly from school to home in the
afternoon. Walking students are expected to cross only at intersections. Walking
students will enter the building at the Chestnut Avenue entrance where a staff member
will be located after 8:00am. No students are permitted on school grounds or into the
building prior to 8am.
Students who Bike to School
TCCS encourages biking to school – once we have a bicycle rack. There will be a
bicycle rack for locking bicycles during school hours. No bicycles should be locked
along the school fence. No bike riding will be permitted on school grounds except to
travel to the bike rack and to retrieve a bike and leave school property after school.
TCCS will not be responsible for loss or damage to bicycles on school property.
In accord with New Jersey law, students who ride bicycles to school must wear
helmets and obey all traffic signals. New Jersey state law requires that children under
the age of 14 wear an approved bicycle helmet while riding a bicycle. The law also
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applies to any child in a restraining seat which is attached to the bicycle, or in a
trailer being towed by the bicycle. According to the New Jersey Head Injury
Association, 40% of all bicycle deaths involve children 14 and under. Bicycle
helmets reduce the risk of head injury by 85%, and the risk of brain injury by 90%.
A youngster who violates this requirement shall be warned of the violation, and the
parent or legal guardian of that youngster may be fined up to $25 for the first
offense, and up to $100 for a subsequent offense. Title 39:4-10.1
Any student who rides a bicycle to school without a helmet will not be permitted
to ride the bicycle home: the bicycle will be held at the school until an adult retrieves it.
Any student who does not wear a helmet will be subject to lose their privilege to ride a
bicycle to school in the future, as determined by the administration.
The New Jersey Department of Transportation provides detailed information
about both the helmet law and generally safety guidelines for student bikers at
Board Approved: October 5, 2009
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