Getting To and From School Safely
- Choose a specific route. Select a specific routeÂ for your child to follow.Â Â Â MakeÂ thisÂ pathÂ the most direct route toÂ your child’s destination.Â Use sidewalks, crosswalks and crossing guards where available.Â Be sure to tell your children to stay away from “shortcuts.”Â Avoid passing through neighbor yards and other areas that could hide your child from sight.
- Walk the designated route with your child. Make sureÂ your child knows the route andÂ practices safeÂ behaviors before you send them on their own.
- Make sure your child knows their basics. Does your child know their address, phone number and parents first names?Â Â You may even want to teach your child the informationÂ of a secondaryÂ person, like grandmaÂ or aÂ trusted friend,Â to which they could contactÂ if mom or dad cannot be reached.
- Buy your childrenÂ brightly colored coats and backpacks. This will helpÂ to make the child more visible to others on the roadways.
- Talk about Strangers. Remind your children not to talk to strangers, get a ride from a stranger, take a gift from a strangerÂ or even help a stranger.Â Discuss what your child should do if a strangerÂ approaches.
- Discuss Bus Rules.Â If your child rides the school bus, go over the bus rules.Â Safety on the bus is just as important as safety while walking to school or waiting at the bus stop.Â Your bus driver will appreciate a well behaved child.
- Turn your lights on. As fall and winter comes upon us, so doesÂ the darkness.Â Turn on your front lights while you wait for your child to come home.Â Â AsÂ yourÂ childÂ seesÂ those lights on they know you are home and waiting for their safe return.
Give these a try and have a safe and happy school year.
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