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