Teacher: Class, we will have only a half day of school this morning.

Class: Hooray!

Teacher: We will have the other half this afternoon.


September 1, 2016 – Truckee schools resume Thursday September 1st. The Truckee Police Department is happy to be a part of the first day of school and will be present on most campuses helping everyone settle back in and handing out school supplies to the younger scholars.

We urge that motorists drive with extra care and caution especially around campuses, bus stops, and school buses.  The Truckee Police Department will be closely monitoring traffic to prevent pedestrian and bicycle related accidents throughout the year.  To help ensure safety, we would like you to take a minute to look over the following tips.


When driving in neighborhoods, watch your speed and pay attention for school children who are walking or bicycling in the area.

Be alert. Children might dart into the street without paying attention.

Eliminate distractions so that your focus is on the road and what is going on around you.

Obey school bus laws and don’t try to beat the red flashing lights.

Yellow flashing lights indicate that the bus is preparing to stop to load or unload children. Motorists should slow and prepare to stop.

Red flashing lights and extended stop arms indicate the bus has stopped and that children are getting on or off.  Motorists from both directions must stop and wait until the flashing lights stop and the extended stop arm is withdrawn.

Do not block cross walks at any time.


Teach your children to obey all traffic and pedestrian laws.

Promote your teen driver to obey all traffic laws and make sure they understand them.

STOP your teen driver from texting or talking on the phone while driving.

Find out your child’s school’s drop-off and pickup procedures and stick to them.  This is to include in front of and around the school sites as well as the school bus stop locations.

Make sure your child walks to and from school with a responsible sibling, friend, or family member and that they have a safe route.

Make sure your child knows to be cautious of strangers and what to do if they become scared or uncomfortable.

Provide some emergency contact information in your child’s school pack or make sure they memorize critical contact information.

If you should observe any hazardous conditions or repetitive traffic issues in or around the schools, please make sure to contact us.  Our School Resource Officer is Officer Brad Beers.  Brad can be contacted at bbeers@townoftruckee.com during most school and business hours.  Please also feel free to contact us directly at (530)550-2323.