It’s that time of year again and summer is quickly coming to an end and a new school year is right around the corner. Students are looking forward to seeing their teachers and old friends and the excitement of starting a new grade is on their minds.
One of the main concerns of parents though is getting their children to and from school as safely and securely as possible.
We recommend that you speak with your children before school starts about the importance of safety and to make that a top priority in their daily school routine.
If your child walks to school make sure they use the “buddy” system. Walking with a friend or in a large group of other students is a great way to be safe on the journey to and from school. There is always greater safety in numbers.
If your child rides the bus be sure that they know their own bus number.
Always walk or ride your bike in areas that are well lit. Stay on the same familiar high traffic pathways to and from school. Do not take short cuts and avoid places that cannot be seen or heard.
A good thing to do with your child if they walk to school is to walk the route with them before school begins. Obey all traffic signals and signs, use the crosswalks and listen to the crossing guard.
Bike riders need to be sure to walk their bike across the crosswalks and lock their bike at designated areas around the school.
Make your children are aware that strangers may be lurking around the school. “Stranger Danger!”
Have a password that only you and your child know. If they are approached by someone after school prompting them to get in their car, your child will be prepared to ask for the password. If they don’t know the password, have your child run away in the opposite direction as fast as they can.
If your child is taking care of themselves after school, please be sure they are prepared with any additional safety information they may need, including emergency phone numbers and contact information for family and friends.
We hope this information will help in preparing your child for a safe a secure school year.
by David McLeod
Owner School-Supply-List.com and Elementary School Teacher
David has been teaching elementary school in Central Texas for over 7 years and has over 15 years of experience in online education related websites and blogs.