With a new school year that is now in full swing, ensuring our children’s safety at school is of the utmost importance. With that being said, we have put together a list of tips to help ensure that your children have a safe and healthy school year.
-Have your children get to know their school resource officer.
-Ensure your child leaves early enough to get to school 10 minutes prior to the start of school.
-Use the same route every day and avoid shortcuts.
-Go straight home after school.
-Students should use public sidewalks and streets when walking to school.
-Choose the safest route between home and school and practice walking it with children until they can demonstrate traffic safety awareness.
-Walk to school with other students. Strength in numbers.
-Teach children to recognize and obey traffic signals and pavement markings.
-Cross at designated crosswalks, street corners and traffic controlled intersections.
-Always look both ways before crossing the street and never enter streets from between parked cars or from behind shrubbery.
-Walk- don’t run- across intersections. A flashing “walk” signal or the crossing guard in the street does not mean it’s safe to cross, double check the intersection is clear.
-Avoid talking to strangers and get distance between themselves and anyone who tries to approach or make contact with them.
-Never get into a vehicle with a person even if they know them without parent permission. If a stranger approaches, tell a trusted adult such as a parent or teacher.
Remember, safety is everything when it comes to your children! We hope everyone has a safe and fun school year!