The school year is starting and it is
a good idea to review school safety for children.
Strangers often approach children as they travel
to and from school.
- Remind your children to not approach anyone in a vehicle, even if they know them, for any
- If a stranger comes up to them they should turn around and run away.
- Anytime a stranger approaches
them they should tell an adult as soon as possible.
Accidents also happen on the way to and from
school. Following these tips from USA.gov will help ensure that your child gets to and from school safely.
for School Bus Riders
Tips for Pedestrians or Bike Riders
- Stay on the sidewalk while waiting for the bus.
- Carry all loose belongings in
a bag or backpack and never reach under the school bus to get anything that has rolled or fallen beneath it.
up facing the bus, not along side it.
- Move immediately onto the sidewalk and out of traffic after getting off the
- Wait for a signal from the bus driver before crossing the street and walk at least 10 steps away from the front
of the bus so the driver can see you.
- Never walk alone, always
travel with a buddy. Find someone in your neighborhood that you can walk with.
- Always walk on the sidewalk or walk
so you are facing traffic.
- If it is dark when you leave wear reflective or bright color clothing to increase visibility.
- Respect traffic lights and street signs.
- Always wear a helmet when riding a bicycle or scooter.
a backpack incorrectly or that is too heavy can strain your muscles or cause curvature of the spine.
- A backpack should
never weigh more than 10-20% of your child's body weight.
- Pack heavier items closest to the back.
wear both shoulder straps.
- Make sure that the straps are adjusted to your child's height so the backpack fits snug
against the back.
Every school has rules and a policy that they follow.
Taking time to review school safety before your child starts school this year will help ensure that he or she will
have a safe and great year.
the school rules with your child.
- Make sure that your child understands what is expected of them and why the rules
are in place.
- Talk about staying safe on the playground by taking turns and staying away from children swinging.