As summer vacation is coming to a close and students are going back to school, it’s important to remember these rules. You may want to review some of these with your kids to put a system in place.
BACK TO SCHOOL SAFETY
- School busses make frequent stops. When the bus puts the stop sign out on a two-lane road, come to a complete stop in either direction. Leave plenty of distance between your car and the bus so you can safely apply the brakes when the lights start to flash. You may start driving again once the stop sign is back in place and the bus is moving.
- If your child walks to and from school, practice a route with them until they feel confident to take it on their own. Avoid shortcuts, alleys and wooded areas.
- Talk to your child about what to do if they are approached by someone they don’t know. Teach them not to talk or accept rides from strangers. You may consider setting up a code word for your family. That way if a stranger approaches if someone approaches you that you don’t know. You can ask them what the code word is.
- If your student is getting picked up make sure they have a designated pick up spot where you can plan to meet them everyday.
- For children with smart phones, turn on the geo-located services on their phone. This way you’ll be able to track their location. “Find My Friends” is a free app for iPhones you can download.
- Students should know their phone number and address, as well as how to contact a parent at work, and how to call 911 for emergencies.