With school right around the corner, it is important for parents and children to understand safety precautions for going back to school. Below are a few tips for making your child’s school year a safe and successful one.

 

Traveling

Whether your child takes the bus, is driven or walks, it is always important to teach them about safety.

Walkers:

  • Practice the walk to and from school to make sure your child knows where to go.
  • Walk at crosswalks and the child looks both ways before crossing the street.
  • Face traffic while walking if there is no walkway or sidewalk.
  • Make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street at cross walks or intersections to make sure the driver sees the child and is fully stopped.
  • Stay alert and avoid any type of distracted walking.
  • Tell the child not to talk to or accept rides from strangers.

Bike Riders:

  • Wear a properly fitting helmet and check the brakes, tires and the height of the seat before riding.
  • Ride on the right side of the road with traffic. If biking in a group, bike in a single file line.
  • Stop completely at intersections and crosswalks.
  • Stay alert and avoid distractions.
  • Practice the bike ride to and from school to make sure your child knows where to go.

Bus Riders:

  • Practice walking to and from the bus stop.
  • Teach your children to never go in front of or behind a bus where the driver may not see them.
  • Tell your child to always wear a seatbelt on the bus.
  • Step back two to three large steps from the curb.
  • Stay alert and avoid distractions when waiting for the bus.

Driving to School:

  • Note school zone speeds.
  • Stay aware around buses that are loading or unloading children.
  • Do not pass a bus with a “Stop” sign out.
  • Avoid distracted driving.

In-School Safety

It’s important for children to be aware of their surroundings while in school and know what to do in case of emergencies. Here are a few things to consider having a conversation with your children about regarding in-school safety:

  • Remain aware of surroundings.
  • Know who to talk to in case of emergencies.
  • Identify where to go in case of emergencies.
  • Eat and drink correctly if your child has allergies.

 

After-School Safety

If your child or children stay home alone after school, have a conversation about the following topics:

  • Locking the doors.
  • Not opening the door for strangers.
  • Using appliances for after school snacks.
  • Creating a plan in case of emergencies (include a list of emergency phone numbers).

 

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